Mentally Fit EP 2018 'Life is a circus!' gala needs community support

Mentally Fit EP is hosting their third ‘LIFE IS A CIRCUS!’ gala ball next month with a zany Dr Seuss theme, but have only sold half of their tickets.

The October 13 event coincides with the 2018 mental health week, with all proceeds going towards mental health events and courses across the Eyre Peninsula. 

Mentally Fit EP committee member Michael Traeger, the husband of Kristy Traeger, said the event raised awareness for mental health and that 100 per cent of proceeds would go back into the local community.

“It’s a great family orientated event and it takes events like this to remove the stigma,” he said.

He said tickets might not be selling as well because the area still might not be ready to discuss mental health.

“If people rock up to the event, we can deliver the awareness programs that can help work to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness in the community,” he said.

The event features live music from local band the Marksmen and a three-course meal prepared by Jeremy Hartwich, with dessert by Sugar Daisy Cakes.

Mentally Fit EP community development officer, Lain Montgomerie said tickets had sold out quicker in previous years, but that this year’s venue was bigger and they had only sold about half.

“It’s going to be such an awesome night, and we don’t want people to see the photos afterwards of everyone dressed up and having a good time and them be like ‘I wish I went’,” she said.

“It’s always a lot of fun and it’s been organised really well.”

The 2017 Mental Health Nurse of the Year, Matt Ball will share his journey from mental illness to wellness as guest speaker on the night.

There will also be live and silent auctions, a photo booth, lucky door prizes and some local comedy acts at the event.

The event takes place from 6.30pm at the Tumby Bay Soldiers Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 13.

Tickets can be purchased for $75 through South Australia tickets