In lieu of posting cards and spending on gifts this Christmas, Standards Australia has donated $8000 to The Buttery, the largest provider of drug and alcohol and gambling rehabilitation services in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.

John Tucker, CEO of Standards Australia, said that this year in particular, charities are feeling the crunch.

“We hope our small contribution to The Buttery will assist in building new facilities so those who are marginalised in our society may be able to seek treatment through The Buttery’s rehabilitation services,” he said.

The Buttery, which was mentioned in Paul Kelly’s song ‘To Her Door’, consists of three distinct services: a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre operating as a therapeutic community; an outpatient/outreach drug counselling and education service; and an outreach/outpatient gambling counselling and education service.

Hoodoo Gurus bass guitarist and ex-resident of The Buttery, Rick Grossman, visited Standards Australia’s offices in Sydney to accept the donation on behalf of The Buttery and speak to staff about his recovery from drug and alcohol addiction at The Buttery.

Rick has been the driving force behind a fundraising CD – Caution: Life Ahead – produced by SonyBMG to raise money for The Buttery.

The double CD features rare or unreleased tracks donated by Australian music artists including Jimmy Barnes, Neil Finn, Keith Urban, Powderfinger and Midnight Oil.

The funds will go towards building a new state-of-the-art healing centre in the Byron Bay hinterland to expand The Buttery’s current facilities which cannot cater to demand.

Mr Tucker said for their contribution, staff received a copy of the CD and a cheque was presented to Rick on behalf of The Buttery.

“The Buttery is achieving great things and I encourage any other companies and staff feeling benevolent to contact The Buttery,” said Mr Tucker.

The fundraising CD and information about The Buttery can be found at www.buttery.org.au