Minions are helping supervillains to take over the world in a new hit movie and they will be doing their bit to raise the profile of WRAD and mental health awareness at a community film night in Warrnambool.


About 20 Warrnambool College students have organised a film night at the Capitol Cinema Centre at 6pm on Thursday June 18 to put the spotlight on mental health and to raise funds for the Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD).


Minions is a new animation film featuring the voices of Sandra Bullock and Michel Keaton. Tickets are available from Warrnambool College on 55 644444.


Warrnambool College Student Leadership Coordinator Rose Shamoail said the students chose WRAD as their fund-raising cause for 2015.


“The students want to raise money for a local organisation and to raise mental health awareness,” Ms Shamoail said.


“They did research on local organisations that provide mental health services and found out how WRAD helps young people and people of any age with drug and alcohol abuse but also with their mental health, depression and anxiety issues.


“WRAD covers everything the students wanted to focus on,” she said. “Mental health awareness is important to our student leaders. Mental Illness affects many people in life- whether it’s a student, a parent, a friend or a colleague.”


“The film night is a community event where everyone can come along and donate and at the same time enjoy a funny movie that appeals to all ages.”


The organising students are from Year 8 to 12 in the school’s Student Leadership Group.


They are also raising money for WRAD through an out-of-uniform day, sports day barbecue and a sleep out in the school gym.


WRAD Director Geoff Soma welcomed the students’ support and said he was pleased they recognised the centre’s work across people experiencing alcohol and drug problems and mental health issues.


“It’s a wonderful initiative of Warrnambool College to support WRAD’s work in the community, especially around people with mental illness. It is something we feel is very important,” he said.