'Mum, Me & the I.E.D.' raises funds for Lifeline
Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland is honoured to receive a donation of $760 from theatre writers and producers Roger Vickery and James Balian, and Collaborations Theatre Group from the proceeds of a three-week run of Mum, Me & the I.E.D., a production at The Depot Theatre revolving around post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in returning soldiers.
Depicting former army medic Rob Harrison and his distraught mother Mary Ellen in his return from Afghanistan, the play handles a dark and difficult subject with extraordinary care, having been inspired by the writers' experiences with veterans with PTSD.
The donation was a remarkable gesture from the team.
"The cast and team behind the play voted unanimously to donate $5 from every ticket sold to Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland," said Mr. Vickery, who visited the Pitt St office last week to meet with staff from Lifeline and present the cheque.
Wesley Mission Superintendent, the Rev Keith Garner, expressed his thanks in a letter sent to Collaborations Theatre Group.
"We are touched by your cast and team choosing to support Wesley Mission through the ticket sales of Mum, Me & the I.E.D.," said Rev Garner.
"The subject matter of a young man dealing with PTSD after his return from Afghanistan and a system that is failing to provide him with the support he needs speaks very much to why we need services like Lifeline."
Need help? If you are suffering from a mental illness and need assistance, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.