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Beautiful Minds Bankstown has been working behind the scenes to promote awareness and break down stigma in the Bankstown area. But we couldn’t do anything without the support of our dedicated volunteers. We wish to give them a big thank you for all their hard work and commitment.
Enjoy the photos and see what we've been doing and what's coming up.
January - New Committee
Congratulations to the new Beautiful Minds Bankstown Committee Members for 2018! We welcome you to the positions and look forward to new things for Beautiful Minds Bankstown in the year ahead.
December - Christmas
The patients in Banks House at Christmas were visited by Beautiful Minds Bankstown volunteers and given a bag of lollies and popcorn to help celebrate Christmas together. The patients were surprised but so pleased to be remembered.
November - Woolies BBQ Fundraiser
Thank you to Ethel and Fiona and all the volunteers who helped out with the BBQ as well as the Banks House staff who came!! It was a wonderful day and over $1,000 was raised for projects Beautiful Minds Bankstown will be doing in 2018.
Thank you also to those who came and bought food and drink, told us your stories and connected with us. We really appreciate your candour and trust in us as we support mental health recovery in the Bankstown area.
Garage Sale for Mental Health Recovery
Our October Garage Sale fundraiser organised by Ethel at East Hills raised over $1,000. Thank you to Ethel and her team of volunteers!!
Our next one will be on 11 November. Please see the details above.
Thanks to everyone for making Waratah Day such a huge success!!!
We sold waratah flowers to lots of people, some even coming back a second time, with the fundraiser held in the foyer of Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital.
Banks House staff joined with us with a table of mental health information, balloons and lollies. Everyone had fun while patrons bought up big!!
We look forward to doing it again next year.
April - Easter
Patients in the local mental health unit over Easter were each given a bag of Easter Eggs by Beautiful Minds Bankstown so they could celebrate the holiday. They received them with amazement and gratitude, and really enjoyed eating them.
March - 40th Anniversary of the Bankstown Mental Health Unit
On the 27 March the local mental health unit celebrated it's 40th year of being opened. Beautiful Minds Bankstown joined in the celebration by supplying the cake, and patients decorated T-shirts to wear and and the staff beautifully decorated the tables with a lovely flower arrangement. A wood fire pizza maker outside supplied the lunch for everyone there.
December - Christmas
Beautiful Minds Bankstown made up some Christmas gift bags of lollies and chocolates (diabetic ones, too) and a Christmas cracker with stickers inside for the patients in the local mental health unit over Christmas. A decorated gingerbread house was also given to them. Some of the staff are holding it in the photos. The table decorations and food were organised by the staff to make it a special day for the patients who couldn't go home. The patients enjoyed the presents and spent the next couple of days picking off lollies and demolishing the house. YUM!!!!
October - Mental Health Awareness Month Stall
The Mental Health Month awareness stall was held at Revesby Craft Fair with brochures from mental health support groups and organisations displayed on the tables where they could be taken by the public. Many conversations were held with people talking about their own experience or of friends and family with a mental health issue whom they support. Members and helpers spoke about mental illness and disorders and gave out Banksia flowers to people coming to the stall. It was a very successful event and everyone had a great time taking part.
July - Cirque Du Berzerk
Laura and Susan joined with Beautiful Minds Macarthur at their Cirque Du Berzerk fundraising event to raise money for projects in the Campbelltown adolescent mental health unit in July. We just want to have fun while supporting mental health recovery!