Tearing down the stigma around mental health hit the main stage as much-needed funds were raised at the 2017 Mayor’s Charity Ball last Saturday night, October 21.
More than 250 guests not only enjoyed the glitz and glamour at the Moranbah Community Centre but openly shared their experiences.
The event, in its fourth year, has been championed by Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker as the Isaac Regional Charity Fund Director.
Mayor Baker shared with dinner guests everyday things that make a real difference to people living with mental illness.
“Mental illness does not discriminate and is more common than we all think,” she said.
“Those in Isaac living with mental illness will often experience stigma and discrimination.
“These damaging attitudes can sometimes be a fear of the unknown or a lack of knowledge.
“So it’s important that we all have a better understanding of what people around us may be going through.”
Mayor Baker praised everyone who attended in raising money and awareness for mental health in Isaac.
“It was great to see on Saturday night people talk openly about mental health and what we can do to support one another in Isaac,” she said.
Mayor Baker said the money raised will directly benefit Isaac communities.
“Proceeds raised will be pledged to support local resources through the Isaac Regional Charity Fund,” Mayor Baker said.
“Working with generous sponsors, volunteers, attendees, organisations, community groups and charities to help raise funds and awareness of these issues have been some of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
“A huge thank you to all of the sponsors and guests of the 2017 Mayor’s Charity Ball and the hardworking organisers who put together a truly beautiful event.”
The elegant evening included a three-course meal, live entertainment by master of ceremonies Nigel the Entertainer, vocalist Kate Lockyer, cabaret singer Bek Andrews during dinner and headline act Mezzanine.
Mayor Baker said local businesses and organisations have sponsored the evening to support mental health initiatives in Isaac.
“I would like to sincerely thank our generous sponsors including corporate sponsor Isaac Regional Council, platinum sponsors Brown and Bird, Civeo and Anglo American, our gold sponsors Quarrico, Clermont Open Cut Glencore, CFMEU Peak Downs Lodge, Dowdens Pumping and Water Treatment, Adani, and Moranbah Blooms and Events, and our Silver sponsors Black Nugget Hotel Motel, BHP, Hornery Trading Group, AECOM, and Freo and to all our various bronze sponsors,” she said.
“A huge thank you to auctioneer Jake Passfield for donating his time to our charity auction.”
The Isaac Regional Charity Fund is a deductible gift recipient, which means it can receive tax-deductible gifts.
Find out more at https://ircf.isaac.qld.gov.au
National 24/7 crisis services
Lifeline 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (24/7 crisis support) or www.kidshelp.com.au
National support services
beyondblue support service
1300 22 4636 or email/chat at www.beyondblue.org.au
SANE Australia Helpline
1800 18 SANE (7263) www.sane.org
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For further information contact:
Amanda Blines 0437 297 839
Thank you to this year's sponsors