Taste the Limestone Coast festival beneficiaries for 2018

The Lions Club of Naracoorte’s “Taste the Limestone Coast committee has announced which local groups will benefit from the 2018 festival.

Each year since the Lions club took on the management of the festival, profits raised by Lions from the Saturday food, wine and music event have been allocated to local and national causes, ranging from Naracoorte’s own CT scanner to flood and bushfire emergencies.

Over $65,000 has been donated so far due to the generous sponsors, public support and volunteer workers at the festival

Taste chair Ross Gleeson announced that the major recipient for 2018 will be the Naracoorte Lucindale Suicide Prevention Network and the second recipient will be the Naracoorte Lucindale Community Care Network.

Both of these organisations are working quietly in the background in the local community, assisting and supporting those in need; so Lions have chosen to support them with their work.

Chair of the Naracoorte and Districts Suicide Prevention Network Kathy Galbraith said the support would be fantastic. “This will be a great opportunity to get the word out there that it is OK to seek help, and OK to talk about personal stress and struggles,” she said.

“Suicide is preventable – the key is to encourage people to seek help; like other illnesses, early detection, early recognition or early intervention saves lives.”

Similarly, Naracoorte Lucindale Community Care Network secretary Jan Bittner said: “The Naracoorte Lucindale Community Care Network coordinates response to critical areas of need such as emergency food vouchers (provided to families and individuals experiencing severe disadvantage).

“An average of 10 requests for assistance per month is received from residents in the council district. Care packages are also provided in emergency situations and assistance provided to services supporting homeless people and youth.

“The Community Care Network also supports and promotes opportunities to address community Health and Mental Well-being.”

Taste chair Mr Gleeson urged local people to get behind the festival and to attend and participate in as much of it as possible.

“It is a major weekend of activities for the town and it also brings in many tourists who boost local businesses,” he said. “The greater support that Taste receives, the more we can give to support our local community needs.

“It is a fun weekend and an opportunity to celebrate the things that make this a great place to live and at the same time, to help those in need of support.”

For further information, check out the Taste website www.thetastefestival.com.au or check out the Facebook page,