The 5-city book launch tour is about to commence and includes Kaitaia March 13 (introduced by Mayor John Carter), Whangarei March 14 (introduced by Mayor Sheryl Mai), Auckland at HubWest Community Centre on March 15 (introduced by the (in)famous Bob Harvey), Kawerau March 16 (introduced by Counsellor Sela Kingi), and Stratford March 17 (introduced by MP Chester Borrows).
Exciting news is the formation of the Wild Side Charitable Trust (WSCT), which will act as a communications hub between various organisations resourcing recovery for the broken and addicted in Aotearoa. The pilot area for this initiative is Northland and then we hope to see the concept rolled out throughout the nation.
The rise of meth use has been the trigger for the formation of the WSCT. There is an alarming deficit of rehab and recovery centres to cope with the epidemic of poverty, alcoholism and drug use in this country especially for those experiencing mental health issues.
Workplace drug use saw an increase of almost 13% in 2016 from 2015 according to The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA). Because many employers are drug testing now, drug users cannot get jobs and are resorting to crime to fund their habits.
The WSCT is creating a database of existing recovery and detox centres including many which are off the radar, run by caring Christian couples and groups who don’t look for any recognition and many are seeing extremely good results. However, these are often a last resort for the desperate.
We want to work closely with the DHBs, Ministry of Social Development, the Department of Corrections, local government and Maori-based initiatives.
WSCT trustees include myself, my husband Ray Curle (a communications and marketing consultant), Stephanie Harawira (community champion), Aleida Spoelstra (Northland DHB) and John McSweeney (owner of a successful house-building company, who is personally keen on investing into developing existing properties into recovery centres).
The nation is hungry for hope and ready to rise up on behalf of their struggling loved ones, or suck it up and make the change for themselves. Let's make a change. Let's come together and look after one another. #keepingitreal