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Teens’ stories inspire at Black Dog Ball

TIME FOR FUN: Pardis Hudson and Heather Bannister catch up over dinner and drinks at Paradise Lagoons.
TIME FOR FUN: Pardis Hudson and Heather Bannister catch up over dinner and drinks at Paradise Lagoons.

THE Inaugural Black Dog Ball was a great success with more than 300 people attending.

Paradise Lagoons was done up in style in support of Mental Health Week and Headspace.

INSPIRATIONAL: Singer Sophie Rose with Sue and Paul Raymond.
INSPIRATIONAL: Singer Sophie Rose with Sue and Paul Raymond.

 

Committee member Debbie Hughes said they were treated to some insightful speeches.

"Two girls stole the show. Sophie's (Rose) only 16, she's a singer songwriter and approached us to perform. She has written a song called Black Dog," she said.

"She was bullied quite badly and turned to music.

"Makhala (Swinson) is 19, when she stood up and spoke you could've heard a pin drop in the room.

"She shared this amazing story about how she was at the lowest of lows... Then she stopped and said 'Hi my name's Makhala and I survived'."

From an auction and a multi-draw raffle $13,000 was raised for Headspace which will be opening in Rockhampton early next year.

Debbie said it was intimidating for a teenager to walk into a psychologist's office and Headspace would help.

In addition to raising money for Headspace they were aiming to raise awareness of male depression in the mining and agriculture industries.

She said patron Graeme Acton emphasised how important it was for men to talk to each other.

"He said women talk about a lot of things, sometimes too much, but men need to talk to each other as well, that was the general message," she said.

The Ball marked the end of Mental Health Week 2013. The Black Dog Ball will be on next year during Mental Health Week and at Paradise Lagoons.

If you are struggling, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

GLAMMED UP: Makhala Swinson and Min Seto at the Black Dog Ball.
GLAMMED UP: Makhala Swinson and Min Seto at the Black Dog Ball.

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