BRIGHT SPARKS: Stacey Johnson, Tracey Lewington, Ellen Bain, Bec Cannon and Kate Fay at the Shine the Light cocktail party on Friday.
BRIGHT SPARKS: Stacey Johnson, Tracey Lewington, Ellen Bain, Bec Cannon and Kate Fay at the Shine the Light cocktail party on Friday. Joshua Macree

Guests help shine the light

GUESTS and visitors descended on Moorelands Bush Nursery in Roma on Friday night to celebrate the EzyQuip Hire's Shine the Light cocktail party.

The event was the brainchild of five women - Bec Cannon, Tracey Lewington, Kate Fay, Stacey Johnson and Ellen Bain - who came together to raise awareness of mental health issues following the death of close friend Sharon Scherf, who took her own life four months ago.

Proceeds from the event went to the Scherf family and mental health organisation RUOK?

Bec Cannon described the event as an "amazing night” which captured the hearts and minds of more than 400 people who attended.

"It has been really well received and is a credit to the Roma community for supporting such a great cause,” Ms Cannon said.

"All the feedback we've been receiving from emails and messages have been really positive and we haven't heard a bad word.”

Highlights of the night included the MCs, Hit 105 radio hosts Lise Carlaw and Sarah Wills, former NRL players David Shillington and Matt Ballin who discussing mental health issues and Geoff Maslen who hosted an auction and helped raise $30,400.

While the night was a great opportunity for locals to let down their hair, Ms Cannon said she hoped the event had helped raise awareness for such an important topic.

"We know it's a really tough topic so, for the event to be really well supported and to hear so many stories about mental health has been a really eye-opening experience.

"We hope it has created a little bit more awareness around mental health and to ask your mates, 'are your OK' and to check in with them.

"Myself and the other hostesses have really appreciated the support.”

Committee members expect the Shine the Light event to have raised around $60,000.


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