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Vale Ray Richmond

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Rev. Ray Richmond, former Minister at the Wayside Chapel. Ray played an enormous part in helping to achieve Australia‚Äôs first injecting facility. When a group of us were planning to open an injecting facility. As a trial and an act of civil disobedience, Ray provided the final piece of the jigsaw by offering the Wayside Chapel as a location for the service. The Tolerance room opened for approximately 10 days and ensured an injecting facility was added to the agenda for the 1999 NSW Drug Summit.
 
The Drug Summit then approved a recommendation to open one in Kings Cross which became the MSIC. During the time that the tolerance room was open, Ray Richmond and 3 drug users were arrested in a police raid on the premises. The magistrate threw out the charges and complained about the waste of time and resources.
 
I remember Ray as a very warm-hearted person who wanted to make a difference to the lives of the people affected by drugs and other social problems. I am pleased to have called him a friend, and he will be missed.
 
Tony Trimingham, OAM
CEO
Family Drug Support

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Join FDS and support our efforts to help families and friends of current drug users as well as bereaved families. Family support is a key factor in motivating drug users to control or reduce their drug use.
 
We recognise the vital role that families and friends play in helping drug users maintain good health and regain a normal life.
 
We help families by providing information and appropriate support through our telephone support line and the FDS INSIGHT magazine.
 
Family Drug Support have also produced a parent help and information kit entitled A GUIDE TO COPING to aid parents, families, and friends of drug users. The kit was designed to fill the serious gap in the availability of information and support. This resource also provides help on how to deal with crisis situations such as overdose and up-to-date information on treatment options.
 
We believe that by helping families of drug users we are ultimately helping the user. To achieve this we need your support. We mostly run on a volunteer basis with a small grant from the government. Therefore your subscription and/or donation will enable our organization to continue its work.
 
Membership benefits include: A free copy of A GUIDE TO COPING, FDS Insight magazine for 12 months, invitations to events and discounts on activities and groups. Additional copies of A Guide to Coping are available to members at a reduced rate.
 
Membership is only $30 for one year, and only $70 for 3 years.
 
Members may purchase additional copies of A GUIDE TO COPING for a cost of $15 plus $5 postage per copy. If extra ordered please ring office for postage costs.
 
If you wish to join as a member of FDS, please go to the FDS Memberships pageIf your membership has expired, please use the FDS Memberships page to purchase a new membership.
 
Thank you, 
Family Drug Support
PO Box 7363
Leura NSW 2789
Australia