6-13th October 2024
Celebrating National Mental Health Week
on the Surf Coast

Help us raise funds for Foundation 61



Jules Haddock, President of Art of the Minds said “Our festival has increased the profile of mental health on the Surf Coast and through the community’s generous support has raised crucial funds for Foundation 61.”

Foundation 61 has been supporting men in our community through their live-in rehabilitation program and are now in the process of building an eight-bed women’s facility due to open later this year.

“The funds raised will go a long way in helping facilitate safe, holistic pathways for some men in our community struggling with life-controlling issues.”

“I am proud of what our team of volunteers has achieved and extremely thankful for the many in-kind donations we received from local businesses to support our annual Art of the Minds Festival.”

Our annual fundraising campaign returns in 2023 and continues to address the general stigma around mental health, as well as the lack of understanding around how to support those suffering with it.

We kindly ask you to support our fundraising efforts to show your support for Foundation 61 and help them continue to build on the incredibly life-saving work they have done to date.


Our mission is to support charities that are working directly with communities who are implementing strategies to raise awareness of mental illness, while supporting the preservation of life. We are passionate about sharing resilience-focused messages in recovery and building community support through the delivery of fun, creative and educational experiences and events which then enable us to support important services like Foundation 61, a rehabilitation service for men and women with controlling issues.

Foundation 61 is one of those incredibly powerful local services. Founded in 2005, this service relies on the support of our community to continue to bring hope to those struggling with life controlling issues. 

Based in Mt Duneed, Foundation 61 is a 15-bed facility for men that supports stays over 6 months if required in recovery from life controlling issues .Their House of Hope, currently under construction, will accommodate up to 8 women, of whom 2 can bring with them young children.  


$10,000 provides sponsorship for two rooms for 12 months, providing much needed support and a safe space for four men for 6 months each. This is a very humble amount but will make a significant contribution to two lives wishing to live a life free from substance use and/or other life-controlling issues. 

Remember, every man may be someone’s son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin who belongs to you.

To find out how Foundation 61 changed one man’s life, click here to read Jack’s story.10,