Paparazzi, a flash mob and a Mayor with a personality as big as her hair saw last weekend’s sold out Manningham Community Mayoral Ball raise more than $44,000 towards establishing a dedicated youth mental health outreach program in Manningham.
Close to 400 people including dignitaries and community leaders attended the disco-themed Ball at the Manningham Function Centre, with many more generously donating and buying raffle tickets to support the cause.
Manningham Council Mayor Cr Michelle Kleinert said she was incredibly humbled by the support shown by the Manningham community.
“I would like to thank all our sponsors, local businesses and community groups who donated raffle and auction prizes and everyone who gave their time and money to help raise money for this worthy cause,” she said.
“The community’s enthusiasm and dedication to raising funds and establishing this service is truly overwhelming. Our youths face a very bright future.”
Cr Kleinert said Council was excited to be working with headspace Hawthorn and YMCA Manningham Youth Services to introduce this outreach program to Manningham.
“This program is designed to make it as easy as possible for young people aged 12 to 25 years old to access support affecting their wellbeing locally,” she said.
Dr. Harry Majewski, CEO Access Health and Community, the lead agency for headspace Hawthorn, said it was a great opportunity to work with Council in establishing the service to support young people and their families with mental health issues.
Hosted by entertainment personality, Queen of the Red Carpet, Ivana Babbleoff and Cr Kleinert, guests enjoyed a three-course meal, live entertainment and danced the night away.
Council will be presenting the money raised to Access Health and Community on Tuesday, 17 October.
Photograph and interview opportunities are available.