Hand-crafted gift gives grieving families place to remember those lost to suicide

The Wattle Range Suicide Prevention Network officially took delivery of a unique movable Remembrance seat at a ceremony at the Millicent Men’s Shed on Friday morning.

Crafted from redgum and other timbers, the seat was accepted on behalf of the WRSPN by its chairman and Wattle Range Mayor Des Noll.

It has been two years in the making and is a work of art constructed principally by the Millicent Men’s Shed and WRSPN members Rick Errington and Tony Glowacki.

The remembrance seat can be dismantled and placed at various places in the Wattle Range Council area where people will be able to sit and reflect and remember their loved ones they have lost to suicide.

There is separate Tree of Life plaque with the poem ‘On Angels Wings’ explaining the meaning of the seat.

It might be seen at places such as libraries, visitor centres and sporting events.

Mr Errington is also the officer-in-charge of Millicent police and he told the 30-strong gathering of the pleasure in making the seat.

He said he could come to the Millicent Men’s Shed for a few hours on a Sunday and concentrate solely on making the seat.

“As well as the reflection seat being a place to remember those lost to suicide, I would like it to be a conversation starter,” he said.

The handover ceremony followed the annual R U OK Day? promoted by both groups.

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