Auburn offers hope
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Australia’s most multicultural community, Auburn, NSW, unites to stand against suicide.
It’s Thursday, 11 September, and as dusk becomes night, they come trickling down Harrow Road through the gates of Auburn Public School, 19 klicks west of Sydney’s CBD.
Social workers and students. Mums with kids in strollers. Young blokes, tweens, grandparents. Community and religious leaders. Mental health workers and politicians; musos, police officers and teachers. Father and sons; atheists and people of faith; citizens and survivors. Loved ones.
More than 200 people gather for a candelight walk to Auburn Central forecourt, to commemorate lives lost to suicide; and to make it clear that Auburn community stands together, to educate, to mourn, to encourage and share. Hundreds more join them there.
The event was auspiced by The Salvation Army, supported by local MP Barbara Perry, mayor Hicham Zraika, the New South Wales Police Force and the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs.
Noting that the community had lost 20 people to suicide in the past two years, as well as those admitted to hospital, Ms Perry paid tribute to the passion and compassion of Captain Nesan Kistan, the community partners and colleagues. She attributed the success of the events to the trust and respect that was engendered within the community over several years.
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