A Umina meditation group is taking part in a “28 For 28” campaign to raise funds for the Lifeline telephone crisis support service.
The group, which holds Saturday morning meditation sessions at Ocean Beach, is asking people to meditate for 10 minutes and donate a dollar day for 28 days to raise $28 for Lifeline- the amount it costs Lifeline to answer each crisis call.
The Umina group or “crew” is part of the Sydney-based Making Meditation Mainstream organisation which aims to create a global meditation movement “in response to escalating suicide rates and mental health challenges experienced in our communities”.
The organisation sees meditation as “a deeply supportive practice that can nurture a person’s connection to self, to mother nature and to each other”.
The campaign to raise money for Lifeline is supported by Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch.
She said Lifeline Australia provided a much-needed service in the community, receiving a call every 30 seconds from people who were in crisis.
“A dollar a day to potentially save someone’s life is a dollar well spent in my opinion and I will continue to support the campaign,” Ms Tesch said.
Making Meditation Mainstream holds a free sunrise beach meditation session at 6:30am each Saturday at Ocean Beach.
“The local instructors do an astounding job and radiate so much positivity in their sessions, encouraging others to think about their mental state,” Ms Tesch said.
“The sessions provide an outlet and community for so many who have a passion for meditation and for those who just want to see what it’s all about.”
Media release, 9 Oct 2020
Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford