EDIT: Monday 15 August. This event is once again going ahead! The Rotary Club corrected the error on the Facebook event page. For any enquiries, please call 0417 097 803.
Christian community groups are teaming up to help establish a local facility for drug addiction recovery, with a special fundraising event in Springfield Lakes on Sunday, August 21.
The fundraiser event, held at the Springlake Hotel, includes raffles and a silent auction, and will feature a keynote speech by international life coach and author Diane McKendrick.
“Diane has become a game-changer in the industry,” the Club says on its Facebook page for the event, highlighting McKendrick’s contagious personality.
Deahana Ross, a Transformations program graduate, will also be sharing her inspirational story during the luncheon.
Pastor Phil Cutcliffe, director of Westside Community Care – the charitable services arm of the Springfield Christian Family church – said that with the support of the greater Springfield community through events like the High Tea, he hopes to have the site up and running by the start of next year.
He explained that programs like Transformations are sorely needed in the region.
“Homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, and domestic violence… They’re all big problems, and addressing all three issues together is what will break that circuit.”
Addiction is an ongoing epidemic in Australia, particularly in non-metropolitan areas due to fewer treatment options, according to the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA).
Founded in 1999, Transformations currently runs faith-based peer-to-peer residential recovery programs at two regional Queensland locations – Surfers Paradise and Hervey Bay – as well as in Melbourne, Hobart, and Cowra in rural New South Wales.
Those programs have already helped hundreds of Queenslanders whose lives have been disrupted by addiction to illicit substances, including Olympic freestyle relay swimmer Daniel Smith, who competed in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 after completing a successful stint at the Hervey Bay lodgings.
Transformations adopts a ‘therapeutic community model’ to address the root causes of addiction in participants.
“We take individuals from active addiction and place them by the side of those in recovery,” the organisation says on its website.
Phil said that people suffering from serious addiction tend to burn bridges with their support networks, meaning their families often no longer trust them.
“Transformations helps give these people somewhere to stay, and someone to help them battle through to the other side of the addictions.”
“You have to make a big difference in these people’s lives – and their families’ lives – and in turn it’ll make a big difference in the community as well.”
For urgent support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or contact the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (Adis) on 1800 177 833. Both numbers are 24/7.
The High Tea with Diane McKendrick event runs 12:00 noon to 3:00pm on Sunday, 21 August, at Springlake Hotel, located at 1 Spring Lakes Boulevard, Springfield Lakes.
Tickets are $65 on Eventbrite. For enquiries, contact The Rotary Club of Greater Springfield at email@example.com or call 0417 097 803.