River Reflections community event to foster hope after loss

August 29, 2019
Lanterns float on a river

Iris Foundation’s Tree of Dreams campaign to raise awareness for the prevention of suicide on the Central Coast is underway once again.

The project is staged annually in the lead-up to World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. Situated at Wyong Milk Factory, the Tree of Dreams is adorned with hundreds of colourful tags sharing messages of hope, strength, support and remembrance from people whose lives have been impacted by suicide. This public acknowledgement is a chance for the community to start conversations about suicide,  which helps to break down the stigma and isolation experienced by many survivors.

This year, alongside the Tree of Dreams, there will be a community event held at the Milk Factory’s grassed area adjacent to the Wyong River. On Sunday, September 8, as the sun sets, attendees will be invited to release a lantern on the river in reflection – a moment to honour and respect those they have lost, their life lived, their love and the gifts they gave. It is also an opportunity to show those touched by suicide that they’re not alone, to foster hope and build connectedness, to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

Lanterns provided free of charge at the event. Light refreshments will be available. Everyone is welcome.

River of Reflections
When: Sunday 8 September, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Where: Wyong Milk Factory, 141 Alison Road, Wyong (meet at grassed area adjacent to Wyong River)
Cost: Free

For more information about the Tree of Dreams, click here.

To download a PDF flyer about the River of Reflections event, click here.

Iris Foundation would like to thank the major supporters of of this year’s Tree of Dreams campaign – Wyong Milk Factory, Wyong Roos Foundation and Sea Hit 101.3 FM Central Coast. We would also like to acknowledge the invaluable support of our 2019 Ambassadors, TrendPac, Wyong Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank and Webadjusted.