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Shining a light on mental illness


Foundation Shine hosted their annual Mothers’ Day luncheon in May, contributing part of the donations from the event to Lifeline Adelaide.


Drawing a large attendance at the Adelaide Festival Centre, the luncheon was held to raise awareness and funds to support organisations who provide mental health services.


The charity aims to make a difference to people suffering from mental illness, and their carers, by creating public awareness and promoting acceptance.


Warm thanks to Robyn May, co-founder of Foundation Shine, and all who attended the luncheon for their generosity.


Robyn May, at left, presents the cheque for Lifeline Adelaide to Uniting Communities’ Chief Executive, Simon Schrapel


Powerful support for Lifeline Adelaide


Crisis support service, Lifeline Adelaide, is excit- ed to welcome Port Power ruckman Matt Lobbe as an ambassador.


Matt is passionate about breaking down the stigma around mental health prob- lems. He hopes that his role with Lifeline Adelaide will help to promote positive mental health, particularly in the workplace, and help to challenge negative stereotypes.


Matt Lobbe


‘If I injure myself on the footy field – say, I hurt my knee or my shoulder – people understand that. I’ll seek medical help and get some support from those around me to get back on my feet,’ he says.


‘But it’s not always the same with mental health. The conversation is changing as there is more awareness, but there can still be a lot of stigma attached to admit- ting that you’re struggling and need help.


‘I hope that by working closely with Lifeline Ade- laide, I can do something to help change this. People with mental health difficulties should be able to feel that they can speak up and be supported by friends and colleagues rather than judged negatively.’


Matt was the Power’s top draft pick in 2007, recruited from the Eastern Ranges team in Victoria.


Independent living a first for the CBD


One of the many key features of Uniting Communities’ head office redevelopment will be the opportunities it offers older people for vibrant city retirement living within the Adelaide CBD.


Located on the upper levels of the 20-storey Franklin Street building, a number of well-appointed apartments will offer sweeping views across the Adelaide plains and surrounds. One-, two- or three-bedroom options will be available in the building, which is expected to have a strong sustainability focus, with access to ame- nities including a roof-top garden.


‘These apartments will provide new, exciting options for older people looking for independent retirement living in the Market precinct of the city,’ says Executive Manager Aged Care, Mel Ottaway.


The State government and Adelaide City Council have recently committed to rejuvenating the area, including a $35 million upgrade of Her Majesty’s Theatre and a $15 million commitment to a network of connected laneways – including Pitt Street – which will link the riverbank area to the Central Market.


‘The area around the apartments will be completely re-energised,’ says Ms Ottaway. ‘We’re delighted that we will be able to offer accommodation right in the heart of this vibrant and active community.’


For enquiries about the apartments, please email unitinginthecity@unitingcommunities.org or call 08 8202 5649.


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