Kalamunda Youth Shine a Light on Mental Health Issues

Published on 14 December 2018
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Youth Action Kalamunda

The City of Kalamunda’s Youth Action Kalamunda (YAK) have banded together in support of mental health awareness, raising over three hundred dollars for the Black Dog Institute at their Tee or Tie 4 Black Dog event.

Mayor John Giardina said, “The City of Kalamunda is proud to support YAK and their ongoing commitment to addressing key community issues. Their efforts in raising awareness about youth suicide and mental health is to be commended. On behalf of the City, I would like to congratulate each and every member of our YAK on their successful Tee or Tie 4 Black Dog event.”

The YAK, a group of 20 community minded young leaders aged 12 to 20 who live, work or study in the City of Kalamunda, chose to fundraise for the Black Dog Institute because of the support they provide to young people with mental health issues and to suicide awareness.

The event, which invited guests to show support by dressing up in black tie, or dressing down in a tee to show their support, drew over 60 young people and their families.

Attendees were treated to an evening of live music from two Focus Music bands and the Hills Silent Disco. Entertainment was provided in the form of photobooths, choc toss games, guess the lolly competitions and a whole lot of dancing.

The Tee or Tie 4 Black Dog is just one of many charitable events put on by the YAK, who collaborate quarterly to plan and implement a community initiative that benefits other young people or the wider City of Kalamunda community.

Those interested in being a part of the YAK team can submit an application form. For more information on the YAK, contact the City of Kalamunda on 9257 9999 or enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

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