From left Geoff Wilson, Blacktown MP John Robertson, Dr Neil Carrington, Karen Wilson, Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali.
Local and state politicians, police, sector representatives and sponsors showed their support for abused and neglected kids at the official opening of our Integrated Therapy Service in Blacktown recently.
Tanya Davies MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Affairs and Homelessness attended as the NSW Premiers representative, alongside Blacktown MP John Robertson and Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali. Sponsors Karen and Geoff Wilson from the Wilson Foundation and Dr Neil Carrington unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion.
The Blacktown service is our first Act for Kids centre in New South Wales and would not have been possible without generous funding from the Wilson Foundation, said Dr Neil Carrington.
There is a real need in Blacktown and the phones have been ringing red hot since we opened, said Dr Carrington. Already we are seeing kids impacted by domestic violence, parental drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues, extreme neglect and homelessness.
Other supporters at the event included Deborah Lee, Senior Constable Domestic Violence Liaison Officer from Blacktown Police, FACS, Relationships Australia, BreakThru, Blacktown City Council, Uniting, Ngallu Wal, and Auto & General, Steggles, Westpac Parramatta, along with Act for Kids Board member Berkeley Cox.
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