STEP continued their fundraising efforts for GP down south’s 3 Tier Youth Mental Health Program last week with a charity Golf Day and Ladies Luncheon held at the Meadow Springs Golf Club. Over 80 golfers played the course in beautiful sunny conditions. An addition to the event this year was the ladies luncheon which saw entertainment, fashion parades and games hosted by Alli Hill from Coast FM.
Professor Lyn Beazley the current WA Australian of the year made a passionate address to the crowd about her life and the needs of young people in Mandurah. The day was a great success and will no doubt attract even greater patronage next year.
Below is the story from Mandurah Mail
Local group GP down south has received support from a new charitable organisation to help roll out its Youth Mental Health Program.
The program, which aims to tackle suicide rates in the Peel region by providing school workshops and counselling to local youths, will cost about $300,000 to run.
Former AFL star Heath Black has so far spearheaded the campaign, delivering two presentations to about 500 Peel students.
But with funding still being sought, new organisation STEP Mandurah Charities Incorporated (STEP MCI) has stepped in to help fundraise.
Councillor Schumacher said STEP MCI would officially launch on October 31, with the aim of providing fundraising and practical support to local organisations.
“We decided to start STEP MCI to make a difference in the community,” he said.
“This is about changing the lives of our kids today to make Mandurah a better place.
“I went to the first Youth Mental Health Program seminar last year where Heath Black spoke to about 450 kids and I thought it was absolutely dead set brilliant.
“The questions the kids were asking were great and normally wouldn’t be asked, and there’s a massive need for mental health programs in our schools.”