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'Mum, Me & the I.E.D.' raises funds for Lifeline

24 September 2018 Wesley Mission news

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. 


Roger Vickery with Lifeline's Patricia Wood-Collier and Sue Banks

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.