Bank support key to Mentally Fit EP

FUNDING SUPPORT: Jo Clark (centre) thanks Braden Gale and Phil Channon for their ongoing support of Mentally Fit EP.

FUNDING SUPPORT: Jo Clark (centre) thanks Braden Gale and Phil Channon for their ongoing support of Mentally Fit EP.

THE Cummins and Port Lincoln Community Bank branches continue to throw their support behind Mentally Fit EP.

The banks have each provided $25,000 to ensure Mentally Fit EP’s programs will run next year but over the last four years have given more than $150,000 to the service.

Port Lincoln and Cummins community bank branch managers Phil Channon and Braden Gale met with West Coast Youth and Community Support chief executive officer Jo Clark last week to handover the cheques. 

Mr Channon said the funding had been a joint effort over the years. 

“Both boards in Port Lincoln and Cummins recognise the fact that a mentally fit community is a happier community,” he said. 

Mr Gale said the Mentally Fit EP team’s work had identified and filled a gap in the services available to Eyre Peninsula communities.

He said the bank boards could clearly see the difference being made in their communities to be happy to support Mentally Fit EP year after year. 

Mrs Clark said the support of the banks were crucial to the continuation of Mentally Fit EP.

Despite Mentally Fit EP’s international recognition and its many awards it remains unsupported by any government funding.

“It’s fair to say that none of what we do would be possible without the support of the banks,” Mrs Clark said.