Western Regional Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD) has received a $100,000 donation from a prominent Australian philanthropist. Greg Johnson reveals what motivated the significant gift.

Philanthropist Geoff Handbury has again donated $100,000 to Western Regional Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD). The donation takes Handbury’s total financial contribution to the organisation to $600,000.

“The drug problem might be terrible, when it occurs, but alcohol is the biggest problem,” Handbury said. “It’s legal and it’s a great tax earner, but if someone’s got the problem, where can they go? It’s terribly common and breaks up a lot of marriages; and some of the things kids grow up witnessing causes a great deal of trouble for them.”

Alcohol issues have had a great impact on Handbury’s family, with his father’s death in a car accident believed to be connected with drinking. Both of his brothers have also battled issues with alcohol too.

Greg Johnson is the editor of Fundraising & Philanthropy Magazine.

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