Brighton Ladies Morning Tea Fundraiser for beyondblue: Photos by Clair White and Grace Sia. Edited MiSociety. 24 March 2012
Brighton Ladies sip tea to support beyondblue
New Street Brighton was a destination of hope when media personality Stephanie Ryan-Smith and Lori-Rose McGinty of Miss World Australia hosted a ladies morning tea to raise awareness of depression and anxiety disorders for beyondblue.
Keri Tairoa, a prominent Melbourne business identity and Brighton resident generously gave up his home so that over thirty women could gather in the name of this very worthy cause.
Lara Shannon of Eco TV and Keep Australia Beautiful, Rita Butera director of Women’s Health Victoria and Jacinta Young of Light FM were among the many distinguished guests. Sarah Rieglhuth, youngest board member of The Association of Financial Advisors and TV model Andi Lew were also present.
Dr Nicole Highet, deputy CEO of beyondblue was the honourable guest speaker. Dr Highet spoke eloquently, openly and effortlessly about the serious health topics of depression and anxiety that unfortunately still have a lot of negative stigmas surrounding them. The aim of this morning tea was to get women together in a comfortable environment where depression and anxiety could be discussed and learned about. Both these conditions effect a lot more people than one would assume, and people need to feel it is okay to speak up and seek support to get through depression and anxiety.
Classic High Tea were key sponsors providing scrumptious and beautifully presented catering valued at over $2,000. Holloway Diamonds and Anthea Crawford both donated pieces of $500 value each for a fundraising raffle that took place during the morning. Beni Creative played an integral role in the presentation of all communication materials surrounding this event.
Pompadour handmade soy candles and soaps, Scout Cosmetics and Beauty Mate also donated products for fun giveaways. Guests walked away with VIP gift bags containing vital information about beyondblue and goodies from Scwartzkopf.
SRS Productions PR interns Clair White, Amy Lui and Priscilla Truong volunteered to assist the running of the day and are thanked for doing such a fabulous job. Everybody involved in this event gave up their time and donated services and products to make this day possible.
beyondblue is the national depression and anxiety initiative. If you would like to find out more information on beyondblue and the valuable work this organisation is doing within the community, please visit their website www.beyondblue.org.au
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