Hats off to Rotary Health

Dave Carter and Uwe Kuhn at the Rotary Hat Day fundraiser last Sunday.By Dominic Geiger

The Condobolin branch of Rotary International held a successful Hat Day fundraiser at the Condobolin Sports Club last Sunday, with all proceeds raised during the event going to fund research into mental health in Australia.
The event was held in order to raise awareness about the four million Australians who will suffer from a mental disorder at some point in their lives and to remove the stigma associated with mental health disorders.
About 25 people played bowls throughout the day while wearing various hats in keeping with the theme of taking mental health issues out from ‘under their hat’.
President of the Condobolin Rotary Club, Dave Carter, said Hat Day was a new initiative for Australian Rotary Health.
“This fundraiser is different because whereas in other events you’ll have a certain amount of money going towards administration, 100% of the money raised (at Hat Day) will go to the cause,” he said.
“I’d like to thank the Condobolin Sports Club for waving the green fees; everyone has paid $15 today which includes a sausage sizzle and a game of bowls.”
Coordinator of the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, Di Gill, was also on site at the event with other mental health professionals at the mobile Pit Stop van medical centre.
“Rotary research does a lot for Mental Health in Australia,” Di said.
“(Hat Day is) important because it not only focuses on research, but allows mental health issues to be spoken about openly so as to decrease the stigma (associated with mental health disorders).
“It also increases peoples’ understanding about how to get appropriate help and support regarding mental health.”

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