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For One Night Only - Three Australians of The Year

28 September 2010

On Monday, 11 October 2010 three Australians of the Year for 2010 will host a once-in-a-lifetime dinner in Sydney, called Nourish.

Held at b2 Studios in Alexandria, Professor Patrick McGorry, Australian of the Year 2010, will challenge and nourish your mind, Maggie Beer, Senior Australian of the Year 2010, will nourish your body and Ronni Kahn, Australia's Local Hero 2010, and founding director of renowned food rescue charity, OzHarvest, will nourish your soul.

This will be a night that will celebrate the extraordinary and all proceeds will go to food rescue charity, OzHarvest, which just last week delivered its six millionth meal.

Not only will all the profits from Nourish help go to feed more hungry Australians, the dinner is also set to highlight the social issues associated with food insecurity. The month of October is Mental Health Month and Nourish hopes to emphasise how important it is for the body, mind and the soul to have access to good food, to eat well and regularly.

Australian of the Year and advocate for mental health reform, Professor Patrick McGorry said: "Mental ill health is one of the main health challenges for young people as it threatens not only their minds but also their physicality and well being. So it really is a case of 'healthy mind, healthy body.' Good nutrition and a loving environment with friends and family are the perfect insurance policy for good mental health and well being. Nourish blends all these ingredients in a potent message to all Australians during Mental Health Month."

OzHarvest founding director, Ronni Kahn said: “It is wonderful how Maggie, Pat and I all share the same values and are so passionate about these issues. We are determined to push the agenda of getting good food onto the tables of all Australians – food is so important for a healthy body and mind.”

Senior Australian of the Year, Maggie Beer said: “As a cook, farmer and food producer putting good food on tables and minimising waste is just so important to me. Together with Pat and Ronni, events such as Nourish allow us to stand on our soap box and shout about these issues, and in particular mental health and wellbeing.”

WHEN: Monday, 11 October from 7pm
WHERE: b2 Studios, Unit 2, 46-62 Maddox Street, Alexandria
BOOKINGS: $185 per person, www.ozharvest.org, 02 9516 3877, kim.morris@ozharvest.org