Graduates dress up for black tie ball to support the Black Dog Institute


Sydney, 30 October 2014

Macquarie’s 2014 Sydney Graduate Volunteer Network supported a number of community groups over the year, with its final fundraiser raising more than $45,000 for the Black Dog Institute.

As a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, the 21-strong GVN team chose to partner with Black Dog and hosted a cocktail party fundraiser in October for the organisation.

Black Dog was selected by the GVN because of the widespread nature of mental illness in society. While depression and mental disorders are very common, they are still not widely recognised as an illness and often tainted by stigma. The GVN chose to raise funds to contribute to research and health professional training, but more importantly raise awareness and understanding about these diseases.

Generous guests at the event helped make the Black Tie for Black Dog a great success.

During the course of 2014, the GVN also sold chocolates for the Manjeri School Project (supporting a primary school in rural Uganda), participated in a cycling challenge for NSW YWCA, ran the Sydney City to Surf race in aid of Guide Dogs NSW and volunteered regularly with the Youth Off The Streets food van to help feed the homeless.

Macquarie’s Graduate Volunteer Network comprises graduates from across all Macquarie’s business groups who come together each year to organise and participate in fundraising and volunteering activities for charities of their choice.