Dianne Decker is an upstanding member of our community who goes above and beyond to promote a great cause and Tuesday was no different when she gladly shaved her head to promote awareness for Mental Health issues.
Dianne not only wants to make people aware of mental health issues but also the impact that it has on the lives of all associated with it and the connection that it often has with domestic violence. Dianne is raising funds for this worthy cause and any money raised will be used to provide training for nurses, doctors, emergency support staff and medical professions at the Forbes District Hospital.
Dr Laksito was on hand to offer encouraging words of support and, along with Olya Willis, provided entertainment through the proceedings. Young hairdresser, Natalie Hocking, who works at Bron’s Hair Design, volunteered her services to shave Di’s head and did a very professional job. Another of Di’s passions is working with the disabled and she has been instrumental in gaining and sustaining employment for many disabled people through her role at OCTEC an organisation which assists people with disabilities to improve their skills and increase opportunities for permanent employment.
After a recent illness and associated complications Dianne found herself in a situation she had not encountered before where she was reliant on others for routine activities. Her determination saw her push through her predicament and she was extremely grateful for the support she received. She is constantly finding ways to support others which was confirmed by Parkes Shire Council Mayor, Ken Creith who has known Dianne for many, many years through a variety of different avenues who described her as a “passionate community member”.
Dianne will succeed at anything she puts her mind to and at the end of the formalities asked all attendees to make a paper plane and fly them for Mental Health.