Where does my donation go?

Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)

The Nostra Homes de Castella Run is proud to partner with MAPrc to provide more funding so that more and better treatments can be found for a broad range of mental Illnesses.

Shifting the frontiers…

MAPrc conduct world class research, clinical treatments, advocacy, education and training to make real improvements to the lives of people suffering from mental illnesses. They are currently helping people with bi-polar, schizophrenia, severe depression, borderline personality disorder, acquired brain injury (ABI), Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and improving access to quality mental health services.

The research they perform is what will make real change to people lives and their families and communities.

Supporting women with mental illness through pregnancy

One of the many unique projects is ‘The Development of a New Model of Support and Advocacy for Pregnant Women and New Mothers with Severe Mental Illness’. This project will  research, develop and evaluate a new support service for women with mental illness during pregnancy and post-birth. Clinical experience is used to build on data collected in the MAPrc study – The National Register of Antipsychotic Medication in Pregnancy (NRAMP).

Important information of theoretical and clinical relevance to improve the care of pregnant women suffering with depression, psychosis, anxiety disorders and other conditions. The development of an integrated model of nursing care, incorporating midwives and mental health nurses, to support this vulnerable population will lead the way in special care for this group around Australia and internationally.

This project is of great importance for the welfare of pregnant women and is also an investment in the future wellbeing of future generations of Australians, since healthy babies and children start with healthy mums.

You can find out more about MAPrc. Visit the website here.

Why is mental health research so important?

  • at least one third of sufferers don’t respond adequately to current treatments.
  • 1 in 5 people experience serious mental illness in their lifetime
  • resulting in 1 in 2 people being directly or indirectly affected
  • mental illness is the 3rd highest cause of disability or premature death in Australia

“Depression, in combination with anxiety, is the number one non-fatal disease affecting Australians. It is the second most common cause of lost healthy life years in our community, ranking only after ischaemic heart disease.”

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2006


Prizes for Fundraisers:

Country Place

“Faulty Towers” Dining Experience:
Dinner, Show, Accommodation & Breakfast for two at CountryPlace in the Dandenongs.
Testimonial from last year’s winner:
“This is a really great prize! I won this last year and took my Mum. We had a wonderful night out, great food, a very entertaining show and really lovely room. I highly recommend Country Place – very welcoming and friendly staff – Thank you Country Place”… Kirsten

Value $365-Dinner, Show, Bed, & Breakfast for a couple


$500 worth of Cheetah recovery wear

Whether you are travelling from afar or just want to stay close to the event the night before, our event accommodation partner Quest Hawthorn are offering a great rate just for entrants of the 2017 de Castella Run 2 Mend Minds – Mention it when you book.

Quest Hawthorn

Prize Donated : One night free accommodation
– Conditions apply

Special price: $160 Studio Apartment
Quest Hawthorn is just a 5 minute taxi ride from the start and is located in the heart of the Glenferrie shopping strip, not only providing easy access to the run but the perfect location for shopping, hanging out in the cafes and dining in the local restaurants.
Quest Hawthorn
616 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
T: 8803 7700

Last Lap

Soleus Heartrate Monitor watch – Value $199
Racing with the Soleus GPS TURBO Pace Partner wrist-based heart rate monitor. The GPS Pulse measures your heart rate while on your wrist, no need for a chest strap. The rechargeable unit allows you to customize 3 view-able lines of data that track your speed, distance, pace, and heart rate. Set up to 6 interval timers, count calories, and store and review your date for later review

Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Headphones

RRP $249.00

Your all-in-one training solution with a built-in heart rate monitor. Made to US Military standards, it is sure to withstand even the toughest workout. Get immersive sound and real-time voice coaching to help you reach your goals. Cut the wires and enjoy true freedom of movement.

Perfect for
✓ outdoor training
✓ training optimisation
✓ exercise planning

Be Active

$400 Pilates starter pack includes:
Pilates assessment with physiotherapist, 1:1 session with physiotherapist, x3 small group sessions.

Performance Medicine

Treat yourself to a remedial massage.
Value $105-
6 group (1:4) clinical pilates sessions.
Value $282-

Hellenic Republic

Food voucher. Run by chef and restaurateur George Calombaris, Hellenic Republic is Melbourne’s premier Greek dining experience.

Value $150 Plus Cookbook

Elevation Float

X4 One Hour Float Sessions
Float pods are designed to eliminate all outside distractions in the form of sound, sight, temperature, tension and gravity. This allows the user to experience a state where they can be free from distractions and therefore focus on only the mind. Decreased stimulation allows for users to achieve states of deep relaxation. Sessions can be 1 hr, 90 mins or 2hrs. The longer you float the better the experience

Artist Photographer

Voucher for family portraiture sitting and 20 x 30 cm wall portrait. Studios are located in Richmond and Geelong.

Value $600-

Vision PT

Summer is just around the corner . . . Get ready with 3 weeks of personal training.

Value $520

She Science

X2 She Science Prize bags:
$50 Voucher, Tshirt, Lingerie wash bag, Socks and Cap Pack.

She science is a specialty Sports Bra store offering the latest in Sports Bra education, fitting and prescription. A variety of optional shopping experiences are offered which include a measure & fit service, wear testing on our treadmills or a biomechanical breast assessment using motion analysis software to analyse dynamic breast displacement. Stock covers cup sizes A – J and includes a vast array of style and support options from industry leading brands.