Bullarama shines light on suf­fer­ers

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Inge Hansen

IRENE Fer­raris knows first hand what it’s like to suf­fer from de­pres­sion.

Hav­ing bat­tled it for two years her­self and with friends and a nephew also suf­fer­ing, she is pas­sion­ate about rais­ing aware­ness in the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity.

On Satur­day night, the sec­ond an­nual char­ity Bullarama was held at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel to raise money for sui­cide preven­tion in the Whit­sun­day re­gion.

Part of the Proser­pine Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion, Ms Fer­raris said she was keen to jump on board.

“We need to get peo­ple to un­der­stand what de­pres­sion and sui­cide is so they can help,” she said.

“There needs to be more peo­ple who know about it.”

Pre­vi­ously rais­ing money for can­cer re­search, Ms Fer­raris said the Proser­pine Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion had worked with Jack Lumby, Pres­i­dent of the A Mile in Their Shoes char­ity, to raise money for sui­cide pre- ven­tion since last year.

“I take my hat off to Jack,” she said.

“He’s an ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble man and has been through a lot, hav­ing lost friends to sui­cide.”

Around 1200 peo­ple at­tended the Bullarama and around $5000 was raised on the night.

Ms Fer­raris said she over­came her de­pres­sion 12 months ago and was now “do­ing well”.

“I re­tired about 18 months ago and now my hus­band, Larry and I, are trav­el­ling.”

Photo Peter Car­ruthers

IN THE RING: Jake Blake in ac­tion on Satur­day night.

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