IT'S difficult to believe that these two incredibly busy Rockhampton specialists have time to do anything except work, eat and sleep, however they make time to support Central Queensland community initiatives; in this case The Black Dog Ball.
Dr Antonio Vega Vega, urologist and cardiologist Dr Debora Garcia have been Black Dog Ball sponsors since 2015, and share the committee's vision to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health and wellbeing.
"Having seen such a huge need for mental health services in the community that everyone could access was the catalyst for us to back the work that the Black Dog Ball Committee are doing,” Dr Garcia explains.
"The fact that they (The committee) raise funds to allow CQ residents from all walks of life the opportunity to take advantage of integral and evidence based programs free of charge, was an aspect of their initiatives that prompted us to get on board and help in any way we could.”
The busy rooms of the Vega Vega Garcia team located at the Rockhampton Mater Hospital are a hive of activity, and will continue to be with the multi-million dollar Cath Lab at the Mater currently under construction.
And whilst helping their patients every day, the team also believe that taking a stand as a community to remove the stigma associated with mental illness and depression is something that we all should be invested in.
Funds raised from the 2017 Black Dog Ball will fund Carers Queensland's programs, placing a particular focus on young carers caring for family member suffering from a mental illness or disability.
The programs will be delivered across CQ and include regional communities of Biloela and surrounding areas.