Picton Women’s Institute puts best foot forward

Gumboots galore helped inspire a community group to collect money for a worthy cause.

The Picton Women’s Institute saw an opportunity on national Gumboot Friday last month to help raise money for young people to access free counselling.

Members made a spur of the moment decision to walk around town wearing their gumboots and calling in to ask local businesses for donations.

Their efforts paid off to the tune of $595.50.

The national Key to Life Charitable Trust came up with the fundraising idea as living with depression has been compared to walking through mud.

WI spokeswoman Fran Hartley from Picton says members felt it was a “really worthwhile cause.

“Wearing our green WI aprons, gum boots, and even a green wig, we walked up and down Picton High Street.

“We wish to express our grateful thanks to all the kind folk who donated money.

“WI is alive and well in Picton, giving friendship and fun to local women and also helping with charities,” she says.

Gumboot Friday has raised more than 1.160 million so far.

Text or call 1737 any time, 24 hours a day to talk to (or text with) a trained counsellor, completely free of charge.

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