What do Cillian Murphy, Anne Hathaway and Ryan Gosling have in common?

Whimsy-hats to Lift the Lid on Mental Illness

Beaumaris Rotary’s Club Correspondent dons her Anne Hathaway, “The Devil Wears Prada” newsboy cap to report on the Hat Day Competition. 

Did she find our very own Bonny and Clyde, in fedora and beret?  Or our Casablanca, Rick and Isla in fedora and panama?  Or maybe our Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy in flat cap? 

Beaumaris Rotary’s Hat Day event saw a plethor-hat of the chic and whimsy-hat.  From the nonchalant and insouciant.  To the immaculate and impeccable. 

There were implausi-hats and stupendi-hats. Along with incorrigible characters from The Cat in the Hat and Alice’s Mad Tea-Party. 

There were beguiling looks from a Pretty Woman Julia Roberts look-a-like in a low-crowned straw hat with flowered-hatband.  And a dazzling President in a ushanka-hat purchased in a Moscow street market.  But not an Akubra in sight! 

Accolades for Best Women’s Hat and Best Men’s Hat went to ‘debonaire’ Jan in a stylish fascinator and Mark in his flat cap. 

Were our Club Members influenced by their overseas travels?  And can you match these traditional hats with their place of origin?  Are they wearing nón lá, gat, jaapi, fulani, salakót or blangkon hats? 

Or did our Club Members take inspiration from the big screen?  Can you name the movie stars and their favourite hat type?  Who’s wearing the captivating crimson vagabond hat? 

Baysiders Lift the Lid on Mental Illness

Fun aside, this was an evening for Beaumaris Rotary to help Australian Rotary Health ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’.

Earlier this year, you will recall Beaumaris Rotary offered subsidised places on a course provided by Mental Health First Aid.  

Sharon and Melissa, two Bayside residents who recently completed the course, joined our regular Thursday zoom session.  We heard first-hand, how they are planning to use their new knowledge for the benefit of our local community. 

“I’ll be forming regular walking and running groups,” said Melissa.  “It’s a way to bring people together; to overcome isolation and create spaces to meet.” 

Sharon offered herself as a contact point through Rotary, “I want to give something back to the community.  I’m ready to be someone who provides help to families and individuals in the local community.”

Melissa added, “The course and the facilitators were fantastic!  (When it comes to mental health issues,) it’s so important to have the skills not to make things worse.”

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If you’re interested in organising your own hat-themed Zoom meeting to support Australian Rotary Health ‘Lift the Lid on Mental Illness’ go to https://hatday.com.au/

And what do Cillian Murphy, Anne Hathaway and Ryan Gosling have in common? They’ve all been spotted wearing newsboy caps!