The year behind batyr
In June 2015, David O’Connor announced that Diona had aligned with batyr, pledging to raise one million dollars over five years for the for-purpose organisation, which focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health.
Diona was involved in organising and sponsoring a number of events throughout the past 18 months, and having surpassed the year one fundraising target, are well on the way to exceeding the year two target.
Initial fundraising events included a trivia night at the Castle Hill RSL club – during which an auction on the night, with prizes donated by our generous sponsors, helped raise over $13,000.
Darkness Into Light Walk
In May, Diona sponsored Sydney’s third Darkness Into Light Walk at Bondi Beach. The Pieta House flagship fundraiser proved to be an enormous success with over 600 people from all walks of life keen to share the light in such spectacular surroundings. The event commenced with the opening ceremony at Bondi Beach led by David O’Connor on the custom-made Darkness into Light stage and concluded with on-site entertainment and sausage sizzle. The event was a resounding success raising over $55,000 for Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and Self Harm, and batyr.
2016 Light Ball
Following in the footsteps of the Darkness Into Light Walk, Diona stepped up as major sponsor for the 2016 Light Ball, held in October at the Dockside Pavilion. Diona was instrumental in securing batyr as a recipient of the funds from this year’s ball, with funds divided equally between Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and Self Harm and batyr. Over 1,000 people attended the black tie ball, raising $130,000 through ticket sales and an auction on the night.
Diona staff attend the 2016 Light Ball in support of batyr.
A Worthy Cause – "Giving a voice to the elephant in the room"
To date, Diona has succeeded in helping raise over $100,000 for batyr and is well on the way to exceeding the target of raising $1 million over five years.
batyr works with the young and is doing amazing work to destigmatise mental health issues here in Australia. They provide programs that train young people to speak about their personal experience with mental ill health and start a conversation in their community.
These speakers head into schools, universities and corporate arenas to continue this conversation around mental health, with the aim to engage, educate and empower the audience to learn from the experiences of others and to reach out to the great services around them.
To find out more about batyr check out their website.