About Tree of Dreams
We can all take part and show our support.
River of Reflections Public Gathering
Iris Foundation was proud to host the inaugural River of Reflections event as part of this year’s Tree of Dreams awareness campaign.
A crowd of around 100 local people gathered on the banks of Wyong River on September 8. Many wrote messages of hope, support and remembrance on lighted lanterns, which were then released to float peacefully down the river. The group took the opportunity to reflect, talk together, share snacks and hear from speakers with a lived experience of suicide.
Iris Foundation would like to thank local filmmakers Mel and Gerry of Films4Change for their work on our amazing event video.
A Suicide-Safer Central Coast
Iris Foundation acknowledges the impact of suicide in our Central Coast community. Through generous donations Iris Foundation can continue to facilitate programs and campaigns which reduce stigma, connect people, foster hope and build resilience – as a means to reducing the risk of suicide. Your donation is valued.
In 2018, the Tree of Dreams was adorned by over 1000 messages of hope, support and remembrance. More than 40 Central Coast businesses and community organisations engaged with our suicide prevention awareness campaign in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day.
Local production company Films4Change captured the spirit of the tree-lighting event with this video, featuring Iris Foundation Lived Experience speaker Colin Henderson reciting the poem ‘Good Timber’ by Douglas Malloch.
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