Mayoral Ball raises over $40,000 for headspace Miranda

MEDIA RELEASE: 18th June 2015

Sutherland Shire's Mayoral Debutante Charity Ball has a long and proud tradition in the Shire, and the 2015 ball held last Saturday 13 June did not disappoint in living up to that reputation. The Sutherland Entertainment Centre was decked out in Edwardian regalia, with the debutantes and guests treated to a variety of big band and rock 'n' roll classics from the Australian Army Band Sydney.

Each year Sutherland Shire Council selects a charity partner for its Mayoral Debutante Charity Ball to help raise money and awareness for important local organisations. headspace Miranda was delighted to be chosen as the benefactor of the 2015 Ball.

headspace Miranda is part of headspace the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, and is able to build its services based on the generous spirit of the community. With mental health the biggest single health issue facing young people in Australia, the importance of this work cannot be overstated.

With the help of the local community, over $40,000 was raised for headspace between a silent auction, charity balloon sales and pledged donations. Of this, an extremely generous donation of $25,000 was received from PAYCE and DeiCorp, which will make a huge difference to the centre.

The debutantes and their partners also deserve thanks for their fundraising efforts in the lead-up to the event.

Mayor of Sutherland Shire, Kent Johns, thanked all of the sponsors and generous community members who supported the Ball and made such a fantastic result possible.

"The donation from PAYCE and DeiCorp has pushed the fundraising total beyond our expectations and we thank both organisations for their generosity. I would also like to thank the Australian Army Band Sydney for its standout performance," said the Mayor.

PAYCE Managing Director Brian Boyd said "PAYCE and Deicorp are proud to support the great work of headspace Miranda and the assistance they provide to young people in the Shire. As urban renewal specialists, PAYCE and Deicorp believe in contributing to and supporting the communities we are involved in."

headspace Miranda's Operation Manager Lesley Pullen was thrilled with the result and expressed her gratitude to the community and Sutherland Shire Council for their generous support  that will assist in helping young people who are going through a difficult time.

"Since we have opened headspace Miranda we have been thrilled by the warm welcome we have received from the Shire community. The generous contributions shown at the Charity Ball shows how much the community values the wellbeing of their young people," said Lesley Pullen, Operations Manager, headspace Miranda.

In addition to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the local youth, headspace also provides drug and alcohol services, education and vocational assistance and general health services to people aged 12 to 25. If you, or someone you know, is having a tough time and would like someone to talk to, the friendly staff at headspace Miranda are here to help and can be contacted on (02) 9575 1500 or


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