Jesuit Social Services was proud to welcome guests to the Great Australians Gala Dinner, held at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt on October 14, 2017.

Guests enjoyed interviews with Great Australians by event MC Ray Martin, as well as live entertainment from artists including Normie Rowe, The Chantoozies, Wilbur Wilde and Mahalia Barnes.

Soprano singer and composer, Deborah Cheetham AO, world champion and Olympic gold medallist James Tomkins and media personality Denis Walter OAM were some of the Great Australians in attendance.

Speeches at the Great Australians Gala Dinner

A participant from our Support After Suicide program shared her story of how her family overcame grief, following her husband’s suicide in 2010.
“Looking back I can’t believe the extent of the support my daughters and I have been given from Support After Suicide. It truly makes a huge difference to the lives of people from all walks of life impacted by suicide,” she said.

The evening also featured live and silent auctions, with money raised going towards our mental health initiatives.

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