A major community event this week received confirmation of funding support thanks to the Rockhampton Regional Council Community Assistance Program.
Chair of Communities Committee, Councillor Rose Swadling, said Council would be providing $8,500 of sponsorship to the Black Dog Ball.
“The Black Dog Ball is something we have supported in the past and I am delighted we are continuing to do so.
“The event raises thousands of dollars a year to raise awareness and remove the stigma surrounding depression and mental health issues in regional Queensland.
“I don’t think there is a single person in our region that hasn’t been affected by mental health difficulties, whether it is their own experience or that of someone they know.
“It is vital to talk about our mental health openly and without fear of judgement, and Council’s support of this event will help more and more people do just that.”
One of the event organisers, Tracey Watt, said the committee were thrilled at the news.
“The support from Rockhampton Regional Council makes such a difference to the event and what we are trying to achieve.
“There are obviously costs associated with putting on such a big event and the $8,500 from Council will allow everyone who is coming to have a fantastic time while also ensuring even more of the money raised goes to our beneficiaries.
“All our beneficiaries are local here in CQ, so it’s wonderful to have that local support from our councillors as well.”
Ms. Watt said the Ball, now in its seventh year, sold out in record time.
“Within 24 hours of going on general sale we had sold over 800 tickets, which was amazing.
“This year is shaping up to be the best yet with a new venue, exciting auction and even an eight piece jazz band to entertain the guests.
“We will also soon be announcing an amazing speaker who I’m sure will inspire those who attend.
“If you’d like to be added to our waiting list just head to www.blackdogball.com.au and you’ll be the first to know of any cancellations.”
The money raised at the Black Dog Ball 2019 will benefit the work of three local organisations: Carinity, Access Recreation, and Project Booyah.