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Funds raised by Griffith City Council staff throughout 2018 will help four local organisations continue their work to support the community.

Internal staff swapped uniforms, going casual for the cause one day each month throughout the year for a gold coin donation, raising $2,000 along the way.

Griffith Prostate Cancer Support Group, Griffith Riding for Disabled, Griffith Suicide Prevention and Support Group and Griffith Country Hope were presented with cheques for $500 each during a special morning tea at Council on Tuesday, 4 December.

Val Woodland from Griffith Suicide Prevention and Support Group said the money would be used to help raise awareness.

“Griffith City Council staff are certainly generous. This is amazing,” Mrs Woodland said.

“In the last six months there have been six suicides in our region and another 12 who have attempted that are being supported. It’s a tough world out there sometimes.

“These funds will allow us to do a big push to get word out there about what we do. I want to thank Council staff for their generosity.”

Griffith Prostate Cancer Support Group Vice President, Gordon Hill said, with 20,000 men diagnosed and 3,000 of them dying each year in Australia, more support was needed.

“I appreciate this help from Council staff,” Mr Hill said.

Griffith Riding for Disabled Vice Chair and Coach Deb Longhurst also thanked staff for choosing to support a service which has been running in Griffith for 31 years.

“Riding for Disabled (RDA) is a wonderful organisation that mostly assists children with disabilities,” Ms Longhurst said.

The annual fundraising efforts have seen staff select different organisations each year for around 10 years.

Council’s General Manager Brett Stonestreet said he was proud of his staff for continuing to show such community spirit.

“In terms of fundraising our staff always get behind the community whenever they can,” he said.

“I would like to thank them all. It’s a great effort, mostly achieved from gold coin donations.”