Lifeline Mid Coast and Finnian’s Irish Tavern teamed up to countdown Triple J’s hottest 100, alongside raising vital funds for local suicide prevention and awareness programs.
Incorporating the Hottest 100 into Finnian’s Sunday Sessions, the Tavern was able to raise over $1600 for the Lifeline centre.
The money will go towards sponsoring telephone crisis supporters.
The day included a gold coin donation, sausage sizzle and sweep stakes.
Finnian’s manager Lachlan Horsley said he was “super stoked” to help raise funds for Lifeline.
“It was great to be able to get behind such an awesome cause which helps out so many young Aussies each year,” he said.
“The event was a great day and everyone had heaps of fun.
“Finnian’s looks forward to working with Lifeline with upcoming events.”
Lifeline marketing coordinator Lisa Willows hailed the event as a success.
“We are so happy that Finnian’s have invited us back to raise money to put towards local suicide prevent and awareness programs, going into the future,” Ms Willows said.
Triple J teamed up nationally this year with Lifeline for the Hottest 100 to help more young people who are struggling and to connect them with Lifeline services.
“It costs Lifeline $39 to answer a call” said Lifeline chairman, John Brogden.
Earlier this year, listeners told Triple J that mental health is the biggest issue affecting young people right now. In fact, suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians; in 2017 it accounted for over one-third (36%) of deaths among 15-24s.
It was important to Triple J because whenever they talked or wrote about a topic that could bring up issues for their audience, Lifeline is one of the places they’ve sent listeners for someone to talk to. They felt it was their turn to help Lifeline – the leading provider of crisis support and suicide prevention in Australia.
Ms Willows said each year, Lifeline receives around one million calls, text messages and web chats, but currently they can't get to all of them.
“With money raised through the Hottest 100, Lifeline hope to make it possible for their trained volunteers to reach around 4000 more calls; to listen, provide connection, compassion and hope – ultimately saving Australian lives,” she said.
On a national level, over $630,000 was raised for Lifeline.
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