MENtal Brekky a huge success

August 11, 2016

St Patrick’s College was this morning delighted to host more than 220 guests for the inaugural MENtal Brekky which aims to raise funds to support current students from families where someone is suffering mental health issues.


We were especially privileged to hear from guest speaker and 2010 Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry who spoke about the battle in Australia to acquire significant funding and support to overcome and treat many mental health issues.


The inaugural business breakfast was organised in honour of Old Collegian Chris Yeung (SPC 1976-81) who died in 2015 after battling his own mental health problems.


Former classmates of Chris rallied together following his passing to organise the event which they hope will help break down any stigmas surrounding open and frank discussions about men’s mental health.


One of Chris’ best mates from school, Simon Dwyer (SPC 1976-81) delivered an emotional address about their close mateship and how he wishes they had spoken more about the trauma Chris was enduring.


Representatives from dozens of Ballarat businesses contributed generously to the event which was run under the auspices of the St Patrick’s College Foundation.


It is expected that the breakfast will raise around $25,000 which will be used to assist current students and families.


The College would particularly like to thank the organising committee comprised of Simon Dwyer, Paul Callahan, Peter Flynn, Denise Fitzpatrick and Stewart Hynes for their great work in organising today’s event. We would also like to thank College Legend Steve Moneghetti for donating his time as Master of Ceremonies. We would also like to thanks key sponsors and donors including Retire Invest Ballarat, the Retire Invest Advice Group, the Regent Cinemas, the Rabbiters Hut, Tanya Daniels The Good Guys, Priceline Pharmacy, Mt Langhi Ghiran Winery, Henderson Mowers and Chainsaws, Telstra Shop Ballarat and 13th Beach Golf Links.