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June 2015 Newsletter

Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter and staying in touch! There is a lot going on with WINGS of Hope projects well underway and more news in stall. Our Acting President, Wendy McWilliam was appointed in November last year and is currently soaring through a major campaign to place copies of Red Chocolate Elephants in the Riverina (NSW) region this week.

Our project coordinator, Jodie Streckeisen has been with us for a year now – so congratulations Jodie and our sincere thanks for all of your tireless efforts and detailed work. Without you, we would not be able to implement our projects and Wendy wouldn’t be able to ship all those copies of RCE to the Riverina. 

James Baudzus has recently accepted a position of grant coordinator and has been a huge help in achieving success with the St George Foundation grant. 

Thank you to Leigh for her everlasting enthusiasm and marketing expertise with our projects. Lastly thank you to Steph for her generous commitment to our administration, secretarial role and record keeping.

Watch out for the links to be placed on our Facebook page and website so you can listen to Wendy speaking with the ABC Riverina and Radio National.

We look forward to sharing events, fundraising ideas and new projects we have planned for the year. 

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Riverina Families Bereaved by Suicide to Receive Red Chocolate Elephants Support

It’s difficult to measure the social impact of the worst drought in modern times, but with the rate of suicide being 50% higher in regional communities than in others, it is essential that regional communities are provided with resources to strengthen families.

As a child growing up in Beelbangera, just outside of Griffith, Wendy saw families in her community experience the highs and lows of life on the land and knew of others touched by suicide. Even tight-knit communities can find it hard to talk about health and wellbeing, especially with this type of death.

In 2004, the lives of Wendy and her family were devastated overnight by the loss of her mum, Faye McWilliam, who took her own life.

“I was 26 years old at the time and it was sudden and unexpected when mum died. Over the years afterwards, we tried to navigate through our grief, and I gained an understanding of the importance of being able to access help.” 

Suicide bereavement is an intense form of grief which can be complicated and contagion presents the risk of further suicide amongst the bereaved. Today Wendy heads up WINGS of Hope Inc, a registered harm prevention charity providing supports and resources to people bereaved by suicide.

As Acting President of WINGS of Hope, Wendy is pleased to announce the support of the St George Foundation.

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Mini Documentary on Eureka Street

The people of WINGs of Hope have recently participated in media interviews for the Mosman Daily newspaper, Eureka Street information and news website and by sharing their stories in an information video produced to inform the community about WINGs of Hope Inc. Read More