Jesuit Social Services was proud and grateful to be the charity partner for the third Great Australians Gala Dinner, held at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt on 15 October 2016.

The event, which raised money for our mental health work, was attended by dozens of Great Australians including famous faces from the worlds of entertainment, sport and literature, among others.

Some of the Great Australians in attendance included Olympian and former Senator Nova Peris, television personality Ray Martin and award-winning author David Malouf AO.

Guests heard from Support After Suicide participant Alex Aulich, who shared her story of losing her husband Damien to suicide in 2008 and how the program had helped her and daughter Esther navigate their grief.

“The small team of dedicated professionals and volunteers at Support After Suicide are humble and do incredible work. I have found it a safe and supportive place at all times,” she said.

The event also featured entertainment from artists including Normie Rowe, Wendy Matthews, James Morrison and Kate Ceberano, as well as live and silent auctions.

We thank all the Great Australians, guests, speakers and event partners Incognitus for their generosity and support.