Lifeline calls for new donors

Wanted – a new donor or donors to fill the void following the cancellation of the Rhythm & Vines festival in Gisborne.

This is the message of Lifeline Aotearoa, a helpline for people in distress or suicidal. Over the past four years, Rhythm & Vines has generously donated a portion of its ticket sales to Lifeline and this year’s donation was expected to be in the range of $30,000, which would help fund approximately 1,000 phone support calls.

This comes at a time when Kiwis need Lifeline’s services more than ever.

Helena de Fontenay, Lifeline’s chief operating officer, said the loss of the donation was “heartbreaking” for Rhythm & Vines and Lifeline and called on the community to fill the void.

“I hope there are many generous organizations and individuals who can step in and help fill the gap, and continue to support the helpline as Rhythm & Vines has done for so long.

“Rhythm & Vines has been a strong supporter of Lifeline for the past four years, but clearly the COVID pandemic means these are extraordinary times.”

“We are calling on extraordinary Kiwis to step up and help with whatever they can,” de Fontenay said. Despite the loss of the donation, Lifeline will continue its service, which relies on public support.

“We have a strong team of highly skilled healthcare professionals and trained volunteers who will continue to be there when needed. Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere.

“We can receive up to 10,000 calls per month and around 30,000 SMS are received and sent.”

“We are sad for our friends at Rhythm and Vines – they have shown a long-term commitment to the welfare of Kiwis through their continued support of Lifeline over the years.

“Now is the time for more people to join the Lifeline family of supporters.”

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