The people of Clutha are invited to take part in a March down the main street of Balclutha this Saturday (March 23) to raise awareness of Meth and the devastating effects in the community.
Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan has been “very vocal” about his concerns about the growing impact Meth was having in district and he said the Methamphetamine Awareness Campaign event was a culmination of almost a year’s hard work and planning by the Clutha District Youth Council.
“This could be the most important community impact event to be held in Clutha District in 2019 - and I’m asking the community to step out on March 23 and show their support.”
On Saturday March 23 at noon the March will start at the Balclutha War Memorial Hall, marching down the main street of Balclutha to the Cross Recreation Centre where there will be speakers and activities.
Pat Buckley of Amped4Life is the keynote speaker after the March and will talk about his past 15 years involvement in supporting the community to deal with substance use and addiction problems.
Community Support and Development Advisor Jean Proctor said the initiative came about from the youth submitting to Council for funds to drive a campaign to raise community awareness regarding the impact methamphetamine use was having across the whole district.
“We plan to raise awareness and start the conversation by bringing people together in an ‘atmosphere of support’.
“This isn’t about judging people, we just hope we can begin to make a difference by bringing those impacted by the far-reaching effects of this drug back into the fold, and supporting and helping them reclaim their lives,” Mrs Proctor said.
She said it was a free event that everyone was invited to take part, from people affected directly by the drug, to people worried about its growing effects on their community.
“The most important thing you can do is show up and take this first united step.”