SHINE THE LIGHT: FUNDRAISER EVENT

Gathering Events had the absolute pleasure of venturing out west to Roma for the Shine The Light Fundraiser. The charity event is the brainchild of Bec Cannon, Tracey Lewington, Kate Fay, Stacey Johnson and Ellen Bain, who created the fundraiser due to the loss of their close friend, Sharon Scherf, who took her life a few months prior. To celebrate her life, and raise awareness for mental health issues, Shine The Light was born.

The event happened the evening after RUOK? Day, a day to promote conversation and explore mental health in a public forum. The charity event and its attendees had this at the forefront of their minds, however, this event was a beautiful, positive display of support and a celebration of Sharon Scherf's life and legacy.

At the Moorelands Bush Nursery on a Friday in September, over 400 attendees banded together at the twilight cocktail party to raise money for the Scherf Family and the mental health organisation, RUOK? Highlights from the night included the MCs, Hit 105 radio hosts Lise Carlaw and Sarah Wills, guest speakers former NRL players David Shillington and Matt Ballin who discussed mental health issues, and Geoff Maslen who hosted an auction and helped raise $30,400. In total, the event raised $70,000 for the Scherf Family and $3000 for RUOK? The event was important for spreading awareness and providing a public acknowledgement that the Roma community is passionate about bringing mental health issues into the light.

We were honoured to participate in the Shine the Light Fundraiser, mixing up a variety of cocktails including espresso martinis. Our talented cocktail bartenders worked out of our mobile travelling Caravan Bar to keep glasses filled and spirits high. Alongside our bar services, alcohol was provided by Royal on 99 and Om Nom Nom Mama provided the gorgeous food spread. Guests at the fundraiser thoroughly enjoyed the provisions on offer and grazed while listening to the guest speakers and music by Hailey Calvert.

Credits:

Venue: Moorelands Bush Nursery

Catering: Om Nom Nom Mama Catering

Alcohol: Royal on 99

Entertainment: Hailey Calvert Music

Guest Speakers: David Shillington & Matt Ballin (Men of League Foundation), Emma Taylor (Soul Mama)

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