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Fernleigh 15 fundraising supporting Lifeline Hunter

Lifeline Hunter has received a welcome boost as they close out what has been a challenging year for the service, receiving a donation from Greater Bank raised from the 2020 Fernleigh 15.

The iconic fun run took on a new look this year becoming a virtual event, with participants having the month of November to tackle the traditional 15km course.

Participants were also encouraged to fundraise for the 2020 Fernleigh 15 charity partner, Lifeline Hunter, a local organisation that, operates a free, 24-hour Telephone Crisis Support line (13 11 14), a local, no cost, no referral face-to-face and telehealth counselling service whilst providing access to community suicide prevention services including training across the Hunter region

Event major sponsor, Greater Bank, donated $5000 to the fundraising efforts, while contributions from participants took the final tally to $6325, which was handed over to Lifeline this week.

Lifeline’s Regional General Manager Hunter, New England & Central Coast, Julie Wicks, was delighted by the contribution from the event, confirming that it would go directly to supporting their services in the Hunter.

“This has been a very challenging year for many people in the Hunter, which has placed an increase in the demand for our support services and operations" Julie said.

“It costs around $39 for each call to our crisis support line and approximately $70 to conduct a face-to-face or telehealth counselling session. The money contributed by Greater Bank and raised through this year’s Fernleigh 15 will support these vital services that make such a positive impact on the life of someone in crisis."

Greater Bank Head of Marketing and Customer Experience, Matthew Hingston, said this year’s Fernleigh 15 reinforced the customer-owned bank’s commitment to community support.

“Lifeline Hunter provide an incredibly important service in this region and simply don’t operate without ongoing support from the community,” Matt said.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to have them involved in this year’s Fernleigh 15 as a charity partner. I know these funds will have a positive impact on the services they provide to the many vulnerable people they support across our region.”

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