Farmers support charity ball in Tamworth

A rugby match and winter charity ball. Sounds like the ideal recipe for a regional youth event.

The Batyr charity rugby union match and white-tie ball in Tamworth on Sunday 8 June is just that and the NSW Young Farmers is encouraging rural and regional youth to come out and play.

Batyr is a dynamic charity aiming to engage, educate and empower young people to speak out about mental health issues. It was founded by 30 year-old Sebastian Robertson.

Chair of NSW Young Farmers Josh Gilbert said NSW Farmers was proud to sponsor the event as part of its campaign to increase awareness of depression and other mental health issues in the bush.

“As an organisation, NSW Farmers has been very vocal in supporting campaigns and events that help lift the lid on mental health in regional areas and remove the stigma associated with it,” Josh said.

“The White Elephant Ball seeks to raise money to help engage, educate and empower youth to discuss mental health. This is particularly important to young people in rural communities who are often left feeling isolated and limited by the activities available in small towns.

“It is important that we as an organisation support events such as this to raise awareness of the elephant in the room. We need to remind people that there is always help available and encourage everyone, especially farmers, to have a chat and seek help if needed.

“This will be a great event for all rural people - young and old - and I encourage as many farmers as possible to come along. An afternoon of sport and a night out in town is a great enticement for young people working in rural areas so please come and join us.”

The ball is being held in memory of Scotty Campbell who lost his battle with depression and anxiety in May 2014.

If you would like to attend either the rugby match or join the NSW Young Farmers at the ball, please email the Batyr charity at


21 May 2014 




Contact: NSW Farmers

Phone: 1300 794 000

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