Bike riders kick-start suicide prevention
MOTORCYCLE riders may enjoy a risky ride but they believe in getting a kick out of living.
This week the members of the Coffs Coast American Motorcycle Club got together to assist Coffs Harbour's Youth Suicide Prevention Committee to the tune of $5000.
Club members raised the money from the Bikers' Ball at the Showground and a raffle.
Projects funded by the committee include youth-specific counselling at Harbour Youth Service; an anti-bullying campaign for high schools; Year 12 anti-stress project and youth and family mediation.
The new funds will be spent on further projects for high-risk young people.
A very successful Rock and Water program has just been completed with Year 8 and Year 9 boys at Toormina High. This resilience-building program also puts in place strategies for anger management.
Jewellery-making workshops for high-risk young girls were also successful and the committee would like to organise more of these workshops on a regular basis and, with further funds available, this will now be possible.
The I-Files is another project running, which provides resource packs for employers of young people, many of whom have left school early. The pack provides information on available services for young people, including crisis accommodation, health and counselling.
Further information is available from Carole Villiers, Harbour Youth Service, 6651 4249.