Raising community awareness

After attending the recent public meeting with Mike King, who spoke about depression and suicide, the NZ Steel team agreed that it showcased a great example of a community coming together out of concern.

“It was heartening to see so many local support groups offering their help to anyone in need. Knowing where to turn to for help is often half the battle,” says spokesperson, Vicki Woodley.

“NZ Steel has proudly been part of the Waiuku community for over 50 years and we look for ways where we can help to make our communities safer. We thought holding a free, informative evening where subject matter experts could share their experiences and knowledge around substance and alcohol abuse could only benefit the community.”

The enthusiasm was soon shared by local schools, businesses and support service groups, who were eager to come on board to help make the township a healthier and safer place.

There is a great line up of speakers who will be sharing their experiences of the impacts of drugs and alcohol.

Nicky Trevithick from Workcare will talk about drugs and alcohol in the workplace, while local Sergeant Graeme Wood will give us all an accurate account of what the local Police are having to deal with on a day to day basis. Dr Potman from the Waiuku Medical Centre will share from a medical perspective of what terrible problems individuals and families are facing from these destructive drugs.

To complete the evening, rehabilitated drug addict, Peter Thorburn will share his personal experience of the harmful effects of methamphetamine.

 This is a free event, it is aimed at raising awareness of the effects drugs and alcohol abuse can have on communities. Everyone is welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at the Waiuku College Hall on Thursday 30 March, from 7.30pm.