Bingo fundraiser for suicide prevention effort this Sunday

Tickets being sold to help with crisis drop-in centre

Michelle Parks, a member of the board of directors at the Deker Bauer Foundation for Suicide Prevention, speaks with David Burrows, a local Internet broadcaster, about this Sunday's fundraising event.

A local suicide prevention organization has been selected as a beneficiary of a fundraising event this Sunday (July 24, 2016) at jackpot City Gaming Entertainment in Sarnia.

The event, which begins at 4 p.m., will benefit the work of the Deker Bauer Foundation for Suicide Prevention, named in memory of the son of its founder, Teresa Ingles.

Jackpot City, its charities association and the Mayor’s Community Fund are involved in the event.

Vouchers for an all-in bingo package must be purchased in advance but there’s a discount to make it worthwhile—$15 for a package worth $30. That includes two cards for every game.

Capacity for the hall is said to be about 500.

Officials from the Deker Bauer Foundation say they are “very close” to securing a location for a proposed 24-hour drop-in crisis centre. A location has yet to be announced, although it has been confirmed that it will be in central Sarnia.

In the meantime, Lambton County Council is involved in funding to the tune of $20,000.

Tickets for Sunday’s charity bingo are available at The Drawbridge Inn, Gray’s Flowers in Petrolia and through the Foundation’s website or Facebook page.

has agreed to give $20,000 towards the operating budget, she said, and the goal is to have at least two staff members on site at all times with the potential of working with up to 24 drop-in visits per day.

“That would be awesome,” she said. “Nothing like this has ever been done in our area.”

There are some crisis centres operating in London, she noted, that they’re hoping to learn from.

As for the charity bingo fundraiser, tickets are available at The Drawbridge Inn, Gray’s Flowers in Petrolia, or by calling Michelle Parks at (519) 381-8100.

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