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South West Sydney shows its support for mental health and suicide prevention

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

Around 300 people attended Lifeline Macarthur and Western Sydney’s White Gala Dinner on 26 May, helping raise funds to support Lifeline’s suicide prevention services.

A highlight of the elegant, white-themed evening, held at Ottimo House, Denham Court, was entertainment by Groove Academy and performers from The Showmasters Co., including Samba Brazil Entertainment.

7 Network Sports Reporter Michelle Bishop as MC kept everyone focused on the importance of the cause and interviewed two-time premiership winning NRL player Dale Funikane about his advocacy for mental health.

Other speakers were Fazila Farhad, President of the Southwest Sydney Tourism Taskforce, and Tina Rendell–Thornton, Chair of Lifeline Macarthur and Western Sydney.

Lifeline Macarthur and Western Sydney CEO Veronica Macdonald spoke about the importance of meaningful human connection and why she signed up for a crisis counsellor: “Because, as the CEO of Lifeline Macarthur and Western Sydney, I think it is really important that I understand the core business.”

Special guests included Colin Seery, Chief Executive Officer of Lifeline Australia, Nathan Hagarty MP and Judy Hannan MP.

Lifeline Macarthur and Western Sydney is grateful for the support of Principal Sponsor,

The Perich Group; Gold Sponsors, Campbelltown Mall, Cameron Brae and InvictusX ICT & Computer Technologies; Silver Sponsors, Wards Accounting Group, Camden Council, Camden Golf Club - Studley Park, Uniting, Kenneally's Funerals, Marsdens Law Group, South West Sydney Tourism Taskforce Inc NSW, BlueTongue Homes, Wests League Club, Liverpool Catholic Club, Parramatta Nepean Presbytery, and STM Trucks & Machinery; and Media Partner, HeyYa TV.

The William Inglis Hotel was a major donor.

Photos from the evening can be viewed on the Gala Dinner webpage.

A highlight video can be viewed here.

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