SEW raises $110,000 for mental illness charity

Two charity events organized by SEW-Eurodrive have raised $110,000 to help those suffering from mental illness.

About 300 guests attended a dinner at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium earlier this year in support of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria.

Guests were treated to a smorgasbord of entertainment, fine dining and dance.

The dinner was coupled with SEW-Eurodrive’s charity golf tournament held in September, which was attended by more than 130 players/donors at Southern Golf Club.

In total, the two charity events amassed $110,000 for MI Fellowship Victoria. SEW-Eurodrive’s chairman, Andrew Mansour and managing director, Robert Merola, presented a cheque to the chief executive of MI Fellowship Victoria, Elizabeth Crowther, at the dinner.

A highlight of the dinner was the charity auction conducted by Bill Karp of Barry Plant Doherty Real Estate – a long-term supporter of the charity event over its 14 years.

The auction saw fast and furious bidding for items such as a Chris Judd replica Brownlow Medal, a guitar autographed by all four members of the Rolling Stones, a Toshiba wide screen TV and a variety of jewellery.

Comedian Peter Dee kept the large crowd entertained with madcap jokes and parody songs.

Guests also enjoyed a silent auction, raffle and selection of door prizes, meaning there were very few guests who went home empty-handed.

The night also presented a serious side, with a touching speech from guest speakers Ben Rinaudo and Mel Kelleher, who present community radio program, Brainwaves, on station 3CR.

The radio show is one of the many programs supported by the MI Fellowship.

The audience heard how their donations directly assist Brainwaves participants. Every person involved in the production and delivery of Brainwaves has a lived experience of mental illness, and is connected to Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria.

Over the past 14 years, SEW-Eurodrive has raised more than $1.5 million to sponsor this important work.

“Your donations here tonight directly helps MI Fellowship Victoria find employment, provide education and housing for mental illness sufferers,” said Elizabeth Crowther.

“We couldn’t achieve anything like we do without you and SEW-Eurodrive.”

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