In the lead up to RUOK? Day this September, Little Creatures brewery has joined forced with Give Where You Live, RUOK?, Food for Thought and Bay 93.9, to establish a mental health awareness and fundraising dinner for Geelong. This will be a night not only of great food and beer, but also a night of which will bring forth the important of talking openly about mental health across the community.
Kicking off with a pint of Furphy and canapés upon arrival, a three course meal will follow (with each course prepared by different guest chefs such) while a panel of guest speakers will discuss the importance of mental health and local raffle prizes will be presented, accompanied with local music from Hoody and Jack.
Little Creatures head chef and guest speaker, Stephen Shing, explains the importance of talking about mental health. “…10 years ago mental health was something never discussed in a kitchen. We would spend 50 hours a week standing right next to our workmates but never asked them how their mental health was going.”
RUOK? Ambassador, Food For Thought Founder and chef Mal Meiers, will be attending as a guest speaker, as well as a guest chef preparing the night’s entrée. The Food for Thought charity birthed the idea of holding a fundraiser dinner – and what a fantastic idea it was. Founded in 2014, it intended to raise awareness of the help available for those in need and to de-stigmatise mental health by creating conversations around the dinner table.
Rachel Parker, founder of Surf Coast organisation Ocean mind, will also be attending as a guest speaker on the panel, hosted by Bay 93.9 personality and beer lover, Mark Hyland, followed by a raffle of local experiences and restaurant prizes.
Beginning at 6:30pm on Monday September 10, the fundraiser is set to be an evening of laughs, beer, food and crucial awareness. Tickets are just $65 from Eventbrite, which includes a pint of furphy on arrival, canapés, a three course dinner meal, guest speakers and live music – so don’t miss out in being a part of such an important industry.
Eventbrite ticket link https://openupalittledinner.eventbrite.com.au
Written by Aine Keogh