Grapevine Group, with thanks to incredible support from local businesses and locals, generated over $11,000 to continue their life-saving role.

Over the month of June, $5 from every large pizza sold at Laffos Bar and Pizzeria at Caneland Central was donated to Grapevine.

The funds were raised through the Pizza for a Purpose initiative to support Grapevine’s continuing work towards local suicide prevention training and awareness initiatives.

“Mackay locals are incredibly generous and helped us reach this fantastic total,” said Grapevine Group president Debbie Knight.

“We also wouldn’t have been able to do this without the help of community-minded organisations like Laffos, DGH, Caneland Central, Bright Light Marketing, Whitson Dawson, MI Scaffold, Rural View Dental and Ballonville.”

Laffos Bar and Pizzeria owner Nicole Laffin said that she couldn’t be prouder to support this worthy cause.

“We really wanted to help with Grapevine’s efforts.

“We also understand the value of the prevention training so much so that we’re organising for our staff to do it and urge other businesses to do the same,” Mrs Laffin said.

The funds raised will help keep Grapevine’s life-saving courses running, like the free 3-hour safeTALK training and 1-hour toolbox talks.

The free group safeTALK sessions or Suicide Mythbusters toolbox talks can be delivered on-site at workplaces, sports or community organisations. Public safeTALK sessions are also available.

The community’s support helps Grapevine continue their training and awareness initiatives.

“Without our supporters we would never have been able to get over 6,000 locals through the training programs.

“Getting this many people trained is a testament to how caring the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions are,” Ms Knight said.

For local help or to sign up for free training, download the Grapevine Group app now or go to

L to R: Karen Thompson (Bright Light Marketing), Lianne Gee (Caneland Central), Nicole and Mark Laffin (Laffos Bar and Pizzeria) and Debbie Knight (Grapevine Group).

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