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Wear a hat, lift a lid

Thursday, 4th October, 2018

South Rotary President Brian Slater wearing his ‘lift the lid’ hat for Hat Day next week. PICTURE: Callum Marshall South Rotary President Brian Slater wearing his ‘lift the lid’ hat for Hat Day next week. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

South Rotary will be having a ‘Hat Day’ event at Thyme restaurant on October 10 in recognition of the day that helps to ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness.’

‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’ is an Australian Rotary Health initiative and was established in 2016 to raise funds for mental health research on World Mental Health Day.

‘Hat Day’ also occurs on the 10th and each year Rotary clubs around the country, among others, get into the spirit of the day by wearing their best hats.

This year marks the first time Broken Hill South Rotary has joined with President Brian Slater encouraging people to join in and wear their best hat for what will be a “fun night.”

“We’ll have a raffle, an original painting and about 15 giveaways during the night which will include door-prizes, quizzes and other things,” he said.

“If we can get 100 people there, $10 from every meal they pay for will go towards mental health research, which means if we get 100 we’ll put $1000 towards Rotary Health.”

Outside of fundraising for mental health research, Brain said the day was important in breaking down the stigmas attached to mental health as well. 

“One in five Australians will actually experience a mental health episode within the next twelve months and one in two will experience a mental health episode in their life,” he said.

“So the day is also about removing the stigma attached to mental health, which has been there for a long time, and bringing it out into the open. 

“If you look at it, somebody in your family, group of friends or someone you know will have experienced mental illness.

It is a very common thing and if we can get together and raise some money to help make it better in the future then that’s a great thing.”

The ‘Hat Day’ event is open to the first 100 people to respond to South Rotary. You can express your interest by emailing Brian Slater at slaterb@gmail.com or messaging 0417 860 784. The cost is $35 per head for a two-course meal, with $10 going towards Rotary Health. 

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