Building a mentally fit community, together.

An update from Kirstan Corben, Executive Director DFCC.

It has been an incredibly busy and exciting few months here at the Danny Frawley Centre, so I want to take the time to reflect and update our growing community on the latest developments.  Now, 18 months in, the DFC is a hive of activity where the community of Moorabbin, and the wider south, converge to learn, grow, and understand how they can better support themselves, as well as the people around them.  

Alongside the Frawley Family and the St Kilda Football Club, we have made a strong start at seeing through our vision of creating a mentally and physically fit and thriving community. I have the privilege of leading this important work and have loved the experience of meeting a great many of you who are on this important journey with us. Since opening, we have had over 21,000 people walk through the doors, 700+ new members join us for their health journey, delivered over 200 community programs, reached 8000+ youth and adults through our mental health and resilience programs, and more recently, we brought to life the 3rd annual Spud’s Game in partnership with the St Kilda Football Club.  

 Once again, we saw St Kilda’s community and the wider AFL industry, rally behind Spud’s Game. This year, the match brought together not only the AFL community but a range of passionate mental health advocates who well and truly got out of their comfort zones for the first-ever Spud’s Game curtain raiser – including our very own Chelsea Frawley and Justin Koschitzke. 

The collective generosity of our donors and partners has been truly humbling and is critical to our ability to deliver crucial early intervention and prevention programs for the community. These programs play a pivotal role in transforming the lives of individuals. By providing vital support and resources, we can help the community take their mental fitness and overall well-being to new heights. Our profound gratitude extends to Spud’s Game partners, including AIA Australia, Mosh, and Web Central, as well as key donors, whose generous contributions demonstrate their commitment to better mental health outcomes for all. 

We also extend our appreciation to a long list of generous donors to Spud’s Lunch fundraising initiatives whose unwavering support has played a role in making the event an outstanding success. So, to those who generously donated or supported the cause, thank you. Your support has touched many lives and importantly, we can continue to make a genuine impact. 

The DFC is only at the beginning of its journey to delivering life-changing mental health outcomes, so your continued support is critical.  I encourage you to keep learning more about all the incredible programs the centre has available. Connection is so important, so reach out and get involved where you can. Our doors are always open to you and your network. 

We hope to see you at the Danny Frawley Centre soon and thank you for your generosity. 

Kirstan Corben