VETERAN cyclist Lance Hunt, Sale, last Friday presented a $20,000 cheque to Barrier Breakers chief executive Derek Amos.
Mr Hunt raised the money through the production and sale of a combined recipe book calendar that made use of his holiday photographs.
The funds raised will go toward the provision of new fully supported accommodation units for people struggling with mental illness.
Barrier Breakers is Gippsland’s mental health advocacy organisation.
Accepting the cheque Mr Amos said accommodation for people with mental illness was one of the region’s largest unmet needs.
Mr Amos said funds raised through the calendar sales would be of immense value to the Barrier Breakers’ commitment to provide a community contribution of $150,000 toward the project.
Mr Hunt said he was delighted the fundraising event had been so successful.
“(It) will make such a meaningful contribution to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in our community,” he said.
“The calendar project has also highlighted the generosity of Sale residents and the business community and their compassion for homeless people with a mental illness.”
Construction of the pilot project in Traralgon would begin early this year.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.