In 2010 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type 2. A mental disorder that affects a persons mood, energy levels and ability to function characterised by periods of 'ups' and 'downs'.
It was earlier this year when I visited my doctor and he told me that my working memory and cognitive function would decline over the next 20 years and essentially that there was nothing I could do about it, that ignited something inside me to start this journey, of raising much needed funds for Bipolar Research. In April I was named the National Ambassador for the only research fund of its kind in Australia - the Ian Parker Bipolar Research Fund.
The frightening part I've learnt, is that since becoming more public over the past month, I now have a list of over 30 people that want a support group to begin in Wagga. However, over 90% of these people don’t want to speak out about living with the illness due to fear of many things. But they do want to reach out and connect with others also living with Bipolar Disorder.
I set a target of $200,000 to give this initiative the kick-start it needs to get it off the ground.
The Webathon is an innovative take on the traditional “tel-a-thon”. The Webathon will be a web-based platform that will incorporate a Gala Dinner style dinner. The event will be live streamed for a period of 2 hours, which will include live performances, guest speakers sharing their experiences living with a mental illness, as well as a silent auction of art and packages. The Webathon online platform will be ideal for Gala Dinner guests to be joined by an “live audience” online who will also be enjoying the night through the live stream.
There are a few ways you can become involved - sponsorship packages from $1000, $2000 and $5000, donating on this website and purchasing tickets to the Webathon at www.popupgigs.com - Samantha Brunskill
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