Orange Elephant Ball raises funds for batyr

Oliver and Beatrix Kirkland, Alice Bowman, Anna Hudson, Olivia Falkiner, Alex Tooth, Harriet Moxham, Jill Boustred, Angus Roberts, Eve Hoskins.
Oliver and Beatrix Kirkland, Alice Bowman, Anna Hudson, Olivia Falkiner, Alex Tooth, Harriet Moxham, Jill Boustred, Angus Roberts, Eve Hoskins.

Orange Elephant Ball brought black tie glamour to town through a gala fundraiser on Saturday night.

Organisers are estimating that – once the final tally is in – the ball will have raised $30,000 for batyr.

Funds raised from the second Orange Elephant Ball will enable batyr to continue working with young people in the community to eliminate the stigmas around mental health.

Following the 2017 ball, batyr was able to deliver workshops aimed at empowering students to ask for support at Kinross Wolaroi, Orange High School (OHS) and Canobolas Rural Technology High School (CRTS).

This week batyr delivered follow up programs with students from OHS and CRTS.

Facilitators said the students reported feeling better equipped to talk about mental health.

The $30,000 was raised through sponsors, raffle tickets, an auction and the sale of over 250 tickets.

"Thank you to the 2018 Orange Elephant Ball committee for all the hard work you have put into making sure the Orange Elephant Ball continues,” said batyr’s Jono Peatfield.

“It is with the dedication from the ball committee and the overall passion and support from the community we can continue to positively impact the lives of young people within the Central West Region." 

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