After last year’s successful event, the Blue Sky Ball is back for another year and doing it to help break the stigma around mental ill health.
The committee have reconvened and are hosting another exciting New Years Eve at the Nyngan Race Course.
The ball is once again raising money in support of Batyr, an organisation established to help address the elephant in the room and start conversations about mental health.
Last year’s funds from the Blue Sky Ball went toward the organisations batyr@school programs to help support youth in the region.
Batyr General Manager Nic Brown said he is excited Blue Sky is on for another year, after the success of last year’s inaugural debut.
"After attending the Blue Sky Ball last year I was blown away by the involvement of the entire Nyngan community and how far people had travelled to be a part of the night,” Mr Brown said.
“Even with the heat at an all time high it didn't stop anyone frocking up to have a great night and get behind our cause.” he said.
Marketing and communications manager at Batyr Jenya Kalagurgevic said the organisation was established in 2011 after Sebastian Robinson saw a real need to break the stigma surrounding seeking professional help and having a conversation, particularly in young people.
Now the organisation has expanded into five states and territories and run programs at schools and in universities helping to reduce the stigma and increase the likelihood to seek help.
“Now we have a group of young people who share their experiences with mental ill health to help others,” Ms Kalagurgevic said.
“The biggest thing for Batyr is ensuring that we’re relatable to young people and actually connecting with them.”
“The way we do that is through the young people that get up there and share their stories,” she said.
Ms Kalagurgevic said statistics show one in 5 Australians will experience a mental health condition in any given year, and it’s particularly challenging for young Australian’s living in regional and remote areas
“We’ve got over 160,000 young people and continuing to grow and see there’s a need for our programs in regional areas where there’s sometimes more barriers or more of a stigma around help seeking.”
To welcome in the new year at the Blue Sky Ball tickets are on sale for $150 which includes all beer, wine and champagne, roaming canapes, and live auction.
Tickets for the Blue Sky Ball are now on sale at https://www.123tix.com.au/events/2301/blue-sky-ball
Batyr along with Lululemon are also hosting a free yoga session on November 23 for anyone in Nyngan to attend. It will be at the Bogan Bulls Shed from 11am.
For more information visit the Nyngan Blue Sky Ball Facebook page.