The Gala 2022

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Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu

Montreal Street

Christchurch, Canterbury 8013

New Zealand

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THE GALA 2022 is not to be missed, and never to be forgotten. Join us, as we raise funds for I Am Hope and Gumboot Friday.

About this event

“It is time to stop throwing negatives at the problem of suicide and to start throwing positives at the solution”.

THE GALA 2022 | A Mental Health Fundraiser

We are throwing out the traditional seated dinner and black-tie rules to bring you a one of a kind charity event. It’s time to party!

We will excite you with dazzling theatrical performances, the inspiring Mike King will be joining us and speaking, charity auctions, and live music to dance the night away.

The dress code is formal. Let out your most fabulous you! Sequins, Print, Colour, Pattern, Fur, Gowns, Over-the-top Suits, Headpieces! Nothing is too much, we want it all! This is your opportunity to shine!

Theme: Camp

'In 1964, Susan Sontag defined camp as an aesthetic “sensibility” that is plain to see but hard for most of us to explain: an intentional over-the-top-ness, a slightly (or extremely) “off” quality, bad taste as a vehicle for good art. ... Camp is artificial, fabulous, passionate, serious,'


You will have seen the relentless efforts of Mike King and his team lately in the press and on social media. All monies raised will be equally split between I Am Hope’s in-school and community mental health program, and Gumboot Friday - which provides free counselling to Aotearoa’s youth.

Ticket price

Includes a five-hour beverage service, champagne bar, a decadent food service and all entertainment. Please note, this is a cocktail-style party, so no sit down meal is provided. There will be food served throughout the evening.


There will be auctions running throughout the night. Eftpos facilities will be available.

R18 Event

This event is strictly R18 and no underaged people will be allowed entry under any circumstances

Healthy & Safety

This event will go ahead in the Orange & Green Traffic Light Protection Framework. Any other current COVID-19 Guidelines will apply. Vaccine Passports will NOT be required to access the event and any changes in requirements will be communicated prior to the event.


We want to show support for those in the community living with mental disorders, or supporting their own children, families, and friends, and to encourage everyone not to be afraid to talk about it.

Between July 2020 – June 2021, 607 people died by suicide, and 685 the year prior. Mental Health effects everyone, especially our youth. New Zealand has some of the highest suicide rates in the world, including one of the highest youth suicide rates in the OECD.

The Key To Life Charitable Trust came about when Mike King visited Taipa Area School in the Far North where 5 kids had taken their lives within five months. Since 2015 they’ve spoken to over 300,000 kids from Bluff to Kaitaia.

I Am Hope is The Key To Life Charitable Trust, in-school, community, and workplace mental health program. Their aim is to forever change the way the people of Aotearoa think, act, and feel about mental illness and mental well-being.

Gumboot Friday is their free kids counselling program. GF pays for our kids aged 5 - 25 to see a mental health professional of their choosing.

“The biggest problem facing our people right now is an overactive inner critic. That’s the voice inside all of our heads that has us second-guessing everything we do, the voice of doubt that beats us up and tells us we’re failures, that we’re substandard, and even worthless. Having an over active inner critic is not a sign of mental illness, it’s a sign that we are normal. If we want to help those who are suffering from mental illness get to a better place then we are going to have to start talking openly about our own problems. We need to lead by example. That’s especially important when it comes to our kids. If our young people see adults talking openly about their problems then guess what? They’ll start talking openly about their problems. They will also understand that having a tough time doesn’t mean they are mentally ill. Let's take better care of each other”. - Mike King


Sponsorship, Donations, or Volunteer Inquiries to :

Zane Tate - info@idcollective.co.nz

Helena Lowe - helena@helenalowe.com

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