In Lise Taylor’s monthly charity events rundown, find out what’s organisations in the fundraising sector have been doing over the past few months.


mater ball

Mater Foundation

What was the event? Mater Ball.
When and where was it held? Saturday, 11 February at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
How much did you raise? $150,000.
How many people participated? 800 supporters.
Other comments More than 800 Mater supporters came together for the 2017 Mater Ball for a night of great food and entertainment and to celebrate the act of giving. On Saturday 11 February, Brisbane’s corporate community, patient families and other supporters attended the annual event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Mater Ball was aptly themed ‘Giving Starts Here’.

Hosted by long-term Mater supporters Andrew Lofthouse and Melissa Downes from Nine News Brisbane, the evening showcased the exceptional work that’s carried out at Mater across Health Education and Research. The ball was an opportunity to thank Mater’s supporters who rallied together to raise $150 000 for Mater’s tiniest patients and their families.

Mater Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Harris, said this year’s Mater Ball was a great success, thanks to Mater’s loyal supporters who gave generously on the night. “Funds raised will support Mater’s tiniest patients, helping to give all babies born and cared for at Mater the best possible start to life. These funds will allow for the continued investment in critical and life -saving research to help the 10,000 babies delivered each year at Mater, 2000 of whom will need around-the-clock care in Mater’s world-class Neonatal Critical Care Unit.”

The evening was made even more memorable with the launch of the Sister Angela Mary Fund, honouring her remarkable legacy at Mater that spans over 60 years.


canteen sky diveCanTeen Australia

What was the event? Skydiving – Courage for CanTeen.
When and where was it held? Sunday 20 November 2016 in Darwin, NT.
How much did you raise? $65,000.
What was the net profit? $55,000.
How many people participated? 16.
Other comments Thirteen of our sky divers were local NT corporates and three were NT members. For a number of reasons it was extra special to have these members involved in this event. It was also great to see them talk on the day about how much appreciation they have for CanTeen and how it has helped them with their cancer journeys.

Throughout the day between sky dives, the participants along with their family and friends enjoyed the entertainment, food and drinks at a resort close by to the beach. It was a lovely casual atmosphere and time for everyone to mingle and have a laugh at their sky diving videos we played in the room. Despite some warranted nerves everyone involved reported it was an experience of a lifetime. It was also great to see our colourful bandannas flying/falling from the sky!   

We also generated fantastic media exposure throughout TV, radio and print to let more people know about CanTeen and what we do. Lots of people were talking about CanTeen and were keen to get involved in the next event!


INdependence australia golfIndependence Australia

What was the event? Daddo Charity Golf Day.
When and where was it held? Friday 25 November 2016 at Moonah Links, Fingal (Mornington Peninsula).
How much did you raise? $50,000 to contribute to our social enterprise.
How many people participated? 36 teams filling two courses.
Other comments Social enterprise Independence Australia held another remarkable Daddo Charity Golf Day late last year at Moonah Links in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

In its 12th year, the annual event attracted 140 keen golfers on Friday 25 November and raised an outstanding $50,000 through ticket sales and sponsorship. All funds will go towards the organisation’s unfunded psychology and counselling programs, which support people living with a disability or other personal need to regain and retain their independence.

Independence Australia Chief Executive, Peter Turner, said he was extremely pleased with the event’s result. “Through the generosity of our supporters, we will be able to continue these essential programs which help individuals and their families through difficult times,” Turner said.

The Daddo family, co-founders who have put their name and passion behind this event from the start, were equally delighted in the day’s outcome. Peter Daddo said: “When we started the Daddo Charity Golf Day back in 2004, we never expected it would grow to have the incredible support it does today. On behalf of my family, we would like to thank the event’s loyal supporters. Without their generosity, the day wouldn’t have been made possible.”

As in previous years, the Daddo Charity Golf Day included ‘Nearest to the pin’ and ‘Longest drive’ competitions as well as the ‘Hole in One’ but unfortunately no one drove home in the Jeep Cherokee on offer. After battling it out on the Legends and Open courses, players later retired to the club rooms to enjoy a barbeque and the Daddo Charity Golf Day’s popular monster raffle and auction, with more than $10,000 worth of goodies up for grabs.



United Way Australia

What was the event? Gala Ball.
When and where was it held? 10 September 2016 at Sydney Town Hall.
What was the net profit? $260,000 with more pledges to process.
How many people participated? 450 suppporters.
Other comments Thanks to the 450 (incredibly stylish and generous) supporters who gathered at the majestic Sydney Town Hall on 10 September, we’re thrilled to report that United Way’s second School Ball was a resounding success!

Featuring fabulous entertainment care of MC Russel Howcroft and wonderful performances by Antigone Foster, Reigan Derry and La Fiesta Sound System, it was an evening of elegance, fine food and fun, with the dancing continuing until the school bell struck midnight.

United Way Australia’s CEO, Kevin Robbie, presented highlights from our first ‘School Report’ – including announcing the 100,000th free children’s book milestone and celebrating 25 years of partnership with Fuji Xerox Australia – while stories from parents and children involved in our early childhood initiatives saw the audience fall silent.

Guests walked away with a better understanding of the difference their support makes to the lives of children in communities of disadvantage – children who will now have the opportunity so start school ready to thrive. Some also walked away with incredible auction and raffle prizes, including luxury holidays, dinners, jewellery and even a car!

Digging deep on the night, together our fabulous supporters helped raise a net of more than $260,000, with final donations still being processed – funds which will be used to continue United Way Australia’s vital work to improve early childhood outcomes in communities of disadvantage.


nsw heart foundation eventNSW Heart Foundation

What was the event? Women with Heart Luncheon.
When and where was it held? On 17 March 2016 at Walsh Bay, Sydney.
How much did you raise? Approximately $50,000 (this being the inaugural year so no figures to compare with previous years).
How many people participated? 80 guests attended.
Other comments The intention of the event was to engage influential and well connected women (and men) with our Making the Invisible Visible campaign. This campaign seeks to raise the awareness that heart disease is the leading health risk for Australian women. Media identity Natarsha Belling was the event MC and guests heard moving speeches from women living with heart disease, the first-hand experience of a female cardiac surgeon, Dr Nikki Stamp about working in a male dominated industry, and about what the Heart Foundation is doing to improve the heart health of Australian women by Program Manager, Angela Hehir.  The event provided the opportunity to engage with key supporters and raise vital funds to drive the program forward. We will be building on the event’s success in 2017 with the date set for 12 May.

loud shirt dayThe Shepherd Centre

What was the event? Loud Shirt Day.
When and where was it held? Friday 21 October 2016 across New South Wales, the ACT and Tasmania (the event is national but NSW, Tas and ACT are under The Shepherd Centre).
How much did you raise? $75,000 to date with donations still coming in – expecting $90,000 in total.
What was the net profit? Around the same as 2015 event.
How many people participated? 203 events hosted to date – 5% increase on 2015.



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