The Big Splash hands cash to headspace cause

Harry Duck, 15, Jane Archer, 14, Mackensey House, 12, and Max Archer, 12, are some of the shcoolchildren who competed in The Big Splash last year. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Harry Duck, 15, Jane Archer, 14, Mackensey House, 12, and Max Archer, 12, are some of the shcoolchildren who competed in The Big Splash last year. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

GATEWAY Community Health has received a big splash of cash for the Border’s headspace centre.

The inaugural Albury-Wodonga Big Splash fundraiser in March, a community swimming relay event, raised $6500 for the mental health service expected to open in October.

The money will be used to provide additional services not covered by the headspace funding.

“The community has been incredibly generous,” Gateway Community Health mental health manager Loretta Foster said.

“There’s still money coming in from fund-raising initiatives.

“This latest money will help fill any gaps we can see in services.”

Staff for the headspace centre, to be located at the Gateway building in Wodonga, will be recruited in the coming weeks.

Albury Water Polo Club committee members Stephen Mamouney said organisers and volunteers were already discussing plans for next year’s event.

“We had 90 teams from Border organisations compete in relay races before a crowd of about 700,” he said.

“We plan to make it an annual fund-raiser.”

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