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SOUTH Gippsland Support After Sui-
cide has formed a support group for
people who have lost a loved one to
The group will operate under the auspices of Support
After Suicide which is based in Richmond and managed
by Jesuit Social Services.
For those people experiencing such a traumatic loss,
the forum of a support group can be beneficial. Hearing
other people’s experiences and feelings following this
significant loss, greatly assists in the healing, understand-
ing and recovery.
Sharing experiences breaks down the isolation and
brings about feelings of acceptance and understanding.
Those in the community sometimes feel unable to
provide adequate support to those bereaved by suicide.
They may struggle to know what to say or do and feel
awkward and uncomfortable and so bereaved people can
feel isolated and alone.
Any grief can be difficult to respond to and discuss
but the stigma still attached to suicide makes this even
The facilities at the Grantville Transaction Centre are
central and directly on the highway, and quite accessible
from far-reaching townships from Phillip Island through
to Korumburra, Leongatha and Inverloch.
To provide more information to the community, an
information session will be held on Thursday, September
15, from 7pm to 8.30pm to promote the South Gippsland
The South Gippsland Support After Suicide group
meets monthly, from 10am to noon on the third Thurs-
The day and time will be reviewed, and an evening
group will be considered if there is a need.
There has been greater promotion regarding the ef-
fects of suicide in recent years, but there is no doubt the
stigma of mental health issues is still prevalent in the
community, and this adds to the grief and distress caused
to those left behind.
DR Bob Birrell will speak at the Leon-
gatha Historical Society’s annual general
meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, Septem-
The meeting will be held at 8pm at the Leon-
gatha Mechanics’ Institute.
Dr Birrell will speak about his distinguished
The society is recording the history of the busi-
nesses in the town centre now and in the past.
The society would like members of the public
to contribute photographs and memories of this
The first of the society’s heritage plaques are
now in place on McCartin’s Hotel, Bair’s Hotel,
Nickolina’s Florist and Gift (Gollers) and Great
Southern Outdoors (Edney’s). There is also a
plaque on Bill’s trough at the recreation reserve.
LEONGATHA Lions gathered at the Le-
ongatha RSL recently to install its new
committee for the coming year.
Outgoing president Fred Morrison thanked
his active team for the year’s effort, regardless
of their particular role in the club, and encour-
aged the group to maintain the enthusiasm into
the coming year.
Ron Campbell, as the installation officer, en-
sured individuals comprising the new committee
were scrutinised as to their willingness to carry
out their duties and were duly sworn in.
New president Lyn Robertson was formally
sworn in during the evening and he reminded the
group that sustained teamwork across the year
would be crucial in successfully supporting the
needs of the region.
The Lions helped the community in many
ways during the past year and distributed $16,089
to at least 26 individual separate needs, as well as
provide in-kind support to these and other groups
in the district.
Lion assisted Koorooman House, the Daffodil
Festival and the Mossvale Music for the People,
Carols in the Drome and cooking for Australia
The group also helped the Tayeton Damman
fund, Licola House and Camp and the Youth Ac-
cess Clinic in Leongatha.
Lions also look to aid local schools, along
with some needs outside of the region, a number
of which are identified by local school children.
Two new members, Ken Becher and Sue Van
Sinderen, recently joined the Leongatha Lions,
maintaining the “two more hands” slogan of sup-
port to the community.
If you are thinking of serving the community,
why not become a Lion and make a difference?
Lions spread the love
Looking forward: the excited new president of Leongatha Lions, Lyn Robertson, thanks
outgoing president Fred Morrison and welcomes the challenge ahead.
Looking back: one of Leongatha Historical
Society’s plaques at Great Southern Out-
doors, formerly Edney’s Garage.
Doctor to speak
Support after suicide
WALK to School 2016 will kick off in
South Gippsland in October after the
South Gippsland Shire Council received
funding for the program from the Victo-
rian Health Promotion Foundation (Vi-
cHealth) for the third year running.
Council is now working with local primary schools
to coordinate walk to school activities encouraging stu-
dents and their families to walk, ride or scoot to and
from school to nurture healthy travel habits that can lead
to good health for life. Primary schools and students can
register via the Walk to School website to track their
achievements throughout October. Almost 109,000 stu-
dents participated in the Walk to School program last
year from 620 Victorian primary schools, notching up a
massive 1.2 million kilometres walked.
Council’s social planning officer Vicki Bradley
said October was a great time to start walking, because
the spring sunshine made it a pleasure to get out of the
house, and the car.
“Less than one in five Victorian children walk to
school regularly, at a time when childhood obesity is
rising to epidemic levels,” she added.
“Since 2006, VicHealth’s Walk to School has aimed
to tackle this worrying trend by encouraging primary
students to walk to and from school more often.
“Walking time is also talking time for parents and
children: when the stress of driving and keeping your
eye on the traffic is taken away, it’s easier to talk to
your children about what’s happening at school and in
Walking also benefits the community and the envi-
ronment by reducing traffic congestion, parking diffi-
culties and associated environmental impacts.
“Recent research indicates that for older children,
there are many benefits to gradually travelling more
independently, including helping children develop mo-
tor skills, increase coping skills, self-esteem and social
skills,” Mrs Bradley said. “We’d encourage parents to
consider these benefits when making decisions about
their child’s journey to school.”
For more information about Walk to School contact
Vicki Bradley on 5662 9200 or go to www.walkto-
Walk to school this October
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