Locals will break down the stigma around mental health this weekend at the fourth annual Livin Charity Ball.
The event will again be held at the Kempsey Macleay RSL Club and is organised by Livin team member and Kempsey resident Tony Duncan.
Last year the ball raised $37,250 which was donated to the Livin non-for-profit organisation to implement programs aimed at raising awareness of mental health in schools.
Mr Duncan said events like these help to remove the stigma around mental health and encourage people to speak out.
“The primary idea behind the event is to raise awareness about mental health and to encourage people to speak up when they’re down,” he said.
“The event sells out very quick, it’s good to see so many people in the community wanting to be involved in events like this. And to see a younger crowd talking about a serious topic.”
The charity event will include guest speakers who will talk about their own experiences with mental health.
Local businesses have also donated a number of items that will be auctioned off, with the money raised from the auction going towards Livin programs.
Mr Duncan said Livin is looking at introducing programs into Mid North Coast Schools towards the end of this year.
The Livin Charity Ball has sold out, with all 320 tickets being sold.
“The support from the community is unreal. I organise the event, but without people getting behind it and their support, it wouldn’t happen. I’m very appreciative,” Mr Duncan said.