Attending the 2019 Ball

The Date


The Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton

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Pre-Dinner Drinks

From 5:30PM

Present your ticket at the door

Ball Floor Opens

6:00PM in the arena

Ball Closes


2019 Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker Sam Thaiday | Black Dog Ball 2019

Supporting mental health is close to Sam’s heart, recently sharing his wife’s 8 month battle with postnatal depression that threatened to take an enormous toll on their family.

Sam Thaiday is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who played for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League, serving as their captain from 2012 until 2013. An Australian international and Queensland State of Origin representative second-rower, Thaiday spent all of his career with the Broncos, with whom he won the 2006 premiership. In 2008, Australia’s centenary of rugby league and Thaiday’s sixth year at the top level, he was one of only three current players to be named in the Indigenous Australian rugby league team of the century. Thaiday announced his retirement at the end of the 2018 season after 294 games and 16 seasons with the Broncos.

Sam is passionate about mental health and sport and will share his personal battles, both off and on the field. The Black Dog Ball is excited to have such a high calibre sportsman and mental health advocate supporting the 2019 event.

Who we’re helping

Carinity Wahroonga provides counselling and therapy sessions to children and young people who have used up their medicare sessions and would benefit from longer-term psychological support, alongside support and psycho education for their support network. Funds from the Black Dog Ball will be able to provide support for 160 youths.

Project Booyah provides support to at risk youth who are involved with anti-social behaviour, substance abuse or disengagement from school. They work toward giving them life skills and employability through mentoring, leadership, adventure-based learning. Black Dog Ball funding will assist delivery of the RESPECT program in and out of schools in CQ.

Access Recreation is developing a trial program, One Door, to engage people with a psychosocial disability and provide opportunities to engage in mental health specific and culturally appropriate supports, centre-based activities, youth services and assistance transitioning to the NDIS. Funding from the Black Dog Ball will assist with the establishment of One Door.

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