$77k funding secures Bunbury addiction support organisation’s future

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Doors Wide Open founder Lina Pugh and chair Jane Anderson celebrate the Lotterywest funding grant with Bunbury MLA Don Punch.
Camera IconDoors Wide Open founder Lina Pugh and chair Jane Anderson celebrate the Lotterywest funding grant with Bunbury MLA Don Punch. Credit: Ailish Delaney / South Western Times

Bunbury addiction support organisation Doors Wide Open has secured a sustainable future in the community, after it was granted more than $77,000 in Lotterywest funding.

The $77,253 in funding will help the organisation to address gaps in existing services and allow it to continue to grow to help others.

Founder Lina Pugh thanked Lotterywest for the funding.

This funding for us means that we can find some sustainability to move us forward into the future without having to rely too much on funding all the time.

Lina Pugh

“It’s something we’ve been waiting for a really long time and we’re really appreciative.”

Bunbury MLA Don Punch said the organisation was an important worked by building relationships.

“From humble beginnings as a Facebook-based support group, Doors Wide Open has grown and evolved rapidly to become a vital source of support for people living with an addiction and their loved ones,” Mr Punch said.

“It is now time for the organisation to ensure it is sustainable for the long term.”

Mr Punch said DWO had been very effective in identifying the unmet needs of AOD dependent individuals and their families and adapting to meet those needs.

“This project will allow them to build a long-term future for the organisation based on what is has learned during its foundation years,” he said.

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