The Lookout campaign to build and operate a residential rehabilitation centre in Warrnambool is moving closer to reality with huge community support through a fund-raising appeal which began on August 26.

As of September 15, a total of $135,000 has been pledged within the first three weeks of the campaign. This total has significantly reduced the amount of funding required to meet the capital costs of the project.
The Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD) has also committed $600,000 to the new centre.
The level of support has pleasantly surprised the steering committee behind the appeal.

Steering committee chair Glenys Phillpot said the generosity, good wishes and support of the local community had been overwhelming.

“We are being encouraged to continue our push for a residential centre in south-west Victoria,” Mrs Phillpot said.

“In a relatively short period of time people have taken this campaign to heart and shown an impressive commitment and passion to make this project happen.”

Recent donations have included support from the Archie and Hilda Graham Foundation and the Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation.

The broader community is also rallying behind the cause with local groups wanting to organise fund-raising events, including an upcoming music night, raffles, sausage sizzles and a golf event.

On Monday the appeal will move into its next phase with the release of bumper stickers, promotional banners and the distribution of 100 collection tins throughout Warrnambool.

People will also be able to directly donate to the campaign at the ANZ Bank or through the WRAD website www.wrad.org.au

“Parents with loved ones facing alcohol and other drug problems have made contact for further support,” Mr Soma said.

“There has been very positive feedback right throughout the community,” he said.

“In my 17 years as Director of WRAD I’ve never seen the level of support and kindness that is happening with this appeal. We acknowledge the generosity of this community to date and we will continue to make sure we reach our target.”