Posted by Chris McGrath on Nov 18, 2017
Australian Rotary Health Representative Chris Bartlett, organised a special ARH dinner at Maitland City Bowling Club on Wednesday night. Special Guest speaker was Greg Ross, Chairman of the Board of ARH, with ARH Director Brian Beesley ( Gloucester Rotary Club) the MC for the evening.
Nearly 70 Rotarians were present, and 8 club’s represented, including our Club, through Chris Bartlett and Judi Priestley, DG Helen and Mike, ARH Life member Don Whatham and Fiona and PP Judy and Bob Mitchell.
Greg Ross, former star of the series Cop Shop, entertained those present, with poetry, song and a powerful message about Lifting the Lid on Mental Illness. His passion for this research project was evident, and he has committed to work tirelessly over the next 3 years as Chairman, to raise the profile of mental illness, across all age barriers.
Our very own, Don Whatham, in thanking Greg reinforced the work Australian Rotary Health has carried out over many years, and congratulated Greg on his passion to such a great cause. Don also highlighted the young researchers studying at Newcastle University who are making a difference.
MC Brian then conducted an Auction, the main prize being a 2 night accommodation package at the Landmark Resort, kindly donated by Dieter and Helga Greiter. With some additional items thrown in, a total of $800 was raised on the night for ARH.
The East Maitland Club then presented a cheque for nearly $1600 , raised during pub raffles, in October at their “local”.
DG Helen thanked all those who attended and congratulated ARH  on their foresight in raising the Lifting the Lid campaign.