Neighbourly members vote for Samaritans to win

This year, Neighbourly members voted for Samaritans as their favourite charity organisation to win a $6,000 AMI Community Grant.

Neighbourly members were asked to vote for their favourite charity organisation to decide who should receive the grant.  Out of the five finalist charity organisations Samaritans received 42.4% of all votes.

Samaritans Marketing and Communications Officer, Jo Leahy, felt the result of the voting by Neighbourly members shows the level of support Samaritans has in the community for the front line suicide prevention work they do. 

Mrs Leahy said "We really want to thank the Neighbourly members who voted for us to win.  Having that support from the community means so much to our volunteers who go through such comprehensive training and give up so much of their time to help others in our community."

"We would also like to thank AMI Insurance for donating these grants each year to support the work that Samaritans and so many other charity organisations provide to communities throughout New Zealand."

Samaritans will use the grants funds to pay for their telephone service and an upgrade to their phone and IT systems to enable to them to provide an enhanced service to callers using their 24/7 helpline.

Last year Samaritans answered over 25,000 calls from New Zealanders who felt like they had nobody else they could talk to.  

Callers are often struggling financially, or have lost their job, or are going through a relationship breakdown or dealing with a bereavement in the family.  They might be struggling with a mental illness or addiction, or they might be the victims of family violence. 

Whatever the reason for their call, Samaritans are there to provide support and guidance to help people get through the difficult times in their life, before they reach crisis point.