What do you do when you realise the community you love and you live in, is under siege by the scourge of drugs, alcoholism, domestic violence and abuse?
Do you just take it as a sign of the times and this is the way society is going? Or do you stand up and try to make a difference?
The community of Victor Harbor is doing something about it and preparing for a fight against social issues, which are on course to derail our community.
Victor Harbor R-7 School counsellor Liz Edwards hit everyone between the eyes at a Victor Harbor council meeting when she openly stated that 40 per cent of students at the school were living in extreme poverty.
Of course this news was no surprise to the Salvation Army or any other support groups on the Fleurieu Peninsula. But to the average ratepayer in Victor Harbor this was shock, horror, that this can happen in the town.
Mental health and depression are major health issues in all communities and the fight against drugs is something we all should be ready to face. It destroys families, while living in poverty debilitates self esteem.
The newly formed In-Need group are uniting with other community groups to hold a forum titled ‘Breaking The Cycle’ at the McCracken Convention Centre and with representatives from SAPOL, drug and alcohol services, ambulance officers, doctors and domestic violence professionals. It will cover the whole spectrum of what is happening in our society.
It may not be pretty, but it is important we are informed on what is really happening on our doorstep.
Meanwhile on Friday, June 2, three well-known business people have organised the ‘Families In Need’ luncheon at the Hotel Grosvenor where all proceeds will go to the Salvation Army.
School counsellor Liz Edwards will be one of the guest speakers and will be joined by Margaret Davies from the Salvation Army.
Again this will be an opportunity to learn more about our community and the problems families and individuals face on a daily basis and also raise funds to help those who are disadvantaged.
Yes, we as a community are learning fast to get our heads out of the sand and realise there are people struggling in our community, but yes, we as a community are not just laying down and doing nothing about it.
The solution is to keep raising awareness and help those who need our help.