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


clipsal 500Variety SA

What was the name of the event? Club Clipsal 1000km for kids. The event raised money for both Julian Burton Burns Trust and Variety SA.
When and where was it held? Ashley Ralph ran from Melbourne to Adelaide over ten days from 22 Feb to 3 March
How much did you raise? $430,000 (net) – this was the first time the event had been held.
How many people participated? One man plus a support crew of five.
Other comments
Ashley Ralph, General Manager – Partner Programs for Clipsal by Schneider Electric, has completed the massive challenge of running 1,000km over 10 days from Melbourne to Adelaide in what is believed to be a first, and at the same time has raised a staggering $430,000 for Variety – the Children’s Charity of South Australia and Julian Burton Burns Trust.

Setting off on Wednesday 22 February from the Clipsal by Schneider Electric office in Notting Hill, Melbourne, Ashley completed an average of 100km per day over the ten-day period, equivalent to running 2.5 marathons every day!

He rallied support from several high profile business and people along the way, including Virgin Australia, Toyota Australia and 2016 Brownlow medalist, Patrick Dangerfield, who ran the last few kilometress with him into Geelong.

Ashley then ran through regional Victoria and South Australia, engaging local communities along the way before finishing in spectacular fashion down the finishing strait of the Clipsal 500 Adelaide on Friday 3 March. Joining him was 11-year-old Variety Scholarship recipient, Mattias McCarthy, who despite being legally blind, has developed a skill for running. No stranger to a challenge, in 2014 Ashley cycled 2,800km over 14 days from Perth to Adelaide. In 2012 he placed 3rd in the Adelaide Ultra Marathon and in 2006 he cycled 3000km over 21 days, raising much needed funds for other worthy causes on each occasion. He is also an eight times Ironman triathlon finisher, four times Half Ironman finisher and four times 42km Marathon finisher.

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Cerebral Palsy Alliance

What was the event? Count me in! Transforming the future of cerebral palsy research – CPA’s first, live, crowdfunding event powered by The Funding Network
When and where was it held? Wednesday 10 May 2017 at Clayton Utz in Sydney CBD
How much did you raise? Final numbers TBC but up to $125,000
What was the net profit? It is the first time we have held this event. All funds raised on the night will go to the nominated research projects. CPA invested $12,000 to put on the event.
How many people participated? 120 guests (and 22 staff). Capacity for the room was 150, so we were pleased with turn out.
Other comments Working closely with The Funding Network, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation decided to try a new and innovative fundraising approaching. Inviting current donors, potential donors, clients, corporate partners, staff and families living with cerebral palsy to get involved. They heard from three of our leading researchers, who pitched for 6 minutes for support. Once the pitches were complete an advocate spoke on behalf of each researcher, attesting to why they personally support this research. Their advocacy confirmed with a pledge to start the fundraising. The room was then invited by our excellent host, ABC’s James Valentine to join in with pledges. Challenge pledges were issued “I will give $1,000 if someone else does” and a fun, engaging, sometimes emotional always entertaining night began. Two more advocates and 90 minutes later we let the three researchers back into the room to reveal what funding each will receive. A monumental $105,000 revealed on the night and a further $15k+ in private pledges followed. Not bad for a Wednesday evening where everyone was safely on their way home, inspired and enjoying how good it feels to give, by 9pm.


r u okPartnership between Huma Charity Challenge (a division of World Expeditions) and R U OK?

What was the name of the event? Conquer Kozi For R U OK?
When and where was it held? On 3-5 March 2017 at Mount Kosciuszko National Park, NSW
How much did you raise? Thanks to the incredible efforts of all involved in Conquer Kozi, a staggering $76,000 was raised for R U OK?
How many people participated? 72 people led by event ambassador, Steve “Commando” Willis, (one of Australia’s most respected personal trainers) participated in the inaugural Conquer Kozi for R U OK? In 2018, event organisers are aiming to have 100 people take part in the challenge.
Other comments about the event? Conquer Kozi for R U OK? is an 18km charity walk to the summit of Mount Kosciusko, Australia’s highest mountain.

As well as raising important funds for suicide prevention, the event was designed to bring the community together to support those who are struggling with mental health issues. This event exceeded all expectations, demonstrating the power of conversation and community in empowering people to meaningfully connect with those around them and support anyone struggling with life.

The funds raised from the Conquer Kozi for R U OK? will help support the organisation’s Community Ambassador Program, ensuring there are ambassadors in all corners of Australia ready to empower people to meaningfully connect with those around them and support anyone struggling with life.


kookaburra kidsKookaburra Kids

What was the event? A Night of Hope Charity Dinner to raise funds to launch the new Kookaburra Kids Taking Flight program.
When and where was it held? Wednesday, 5 April 2017 at NSW Parliament House
How much did you raise (was this up or down on last year’s event)? A record breaking $100,000! (profit) This is the largest amount Kookaburra Kids has ever raised at a fundraising event. Guests were asked to donate $1000 to help build the Wings of Hope, representing the launch of the Taking Flight program.
How many people participated (were numbers up or down on last year’s event)? 200 guests attended the event (maximum capacity).

Guests included The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Treasurer of Australia, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW, The Hon. Mark Speakman MP, New South Wales Attorney General, Jessica Rowe AM, Peter Overton, Allan Sparkes CV, OAM, VA, John Brogden AM, Lucy Brogden, Kookaburra Kids’ Young Ambassador Rose Cox and Kookaburra Kids Major Strategic Partners PAYCE, Thales Australia, SUEZ and The Big Sister Foundation.

Hosted by Kookaburra Kids ambassador Jim Wilson, the event was an incredible night of feathers, food and entertainment, including performances by Cassidy-Rae Wilson, The Phonetics Jazz Trio and one of our very talented Kookaburra Kids, Gemma.

The most inspiring moment of the night was hearing Kookaburra Kid Ursula’s story of growing up in a household where both parents are living with mental illness, and the difficulties she has experienced navigating the world of school to university and work.


sydney airportNSW Kids in Need

What was the event? Sydney Airport opened its doors in April, hosting its first ever Airside Adventure for 100 members of the public. The event was part of the World’s Largest Open House to support NSW Kids in Need.
When and where was it held? The Airside Adventure provided a behind-the-scenes bus tour of Sydney Airport’s airfield, international and domestic precincts on Sunday, 30 April
How much did you raise? The event raised $10,000, and Sydney Airport donated an additional $5,000 to show our support for NSW Kids in Need.
What was the net profit? All of the $15,000 raised by the event went directly to NSW Kids in Need which supports six NSW children’s charities.
How many people participated? About 100 people attended the Airside Adventure plus a number of generous volunteer staff who donated their time to conduct the tours and facilitate the event.
Other comments The Airside Adventure was a sold out event! It was such an exciting day, giving participants a unique behind-the-scenes look at the hub of activity that occurs with 29,000 staff, working across 800 different businesses, 365 days a year at the airport. Guests were able to step into the world of aviation and view close up landing, departing and taxiing aircraft, as well as impressive fire training displays by our Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) team.


Patterson Cheney

Patterson Cheney Isuzu Life Education

What was the event? Patterson Cheney Isuzu Life Education Golf Day.
When and where was it held? Friday 9 February we held the first committee Golf Day for the Maroondah/Yarra Ranges region at The Eastern Golf Club in Yering part of the picturesque Yarra Valley. The Greg Norman designed course is one of Victoria’s premier golf clubs.
How many people participated? The competition was a four-person Ambrose and at 8.25am all 21 teams set off in their carts to the allocated holes. Perfect weather enabled a great day for all teams. Our guests enjoyed the day while playing to win some prizes, especially the $10,000 hole-in-one sponsored by Austbrokers Countrywide – nobody enjoyed this prize! – and the team that came last received a bottle of Killara Estate wine (the committee wine sponsor for all events) and a box of tissues.
How much did you raise? $10,360.00 enabling 518 primary school students in the Maroondah/Yarra Ranges region receive our vital programs.
Other comments Thanks to our major sponsors Patterson Cheney Isuzu, Killara Estate, Hyundai, Chatsworth Constructions, Austbrokers Country Wide, Bendigo Banks Melbourne Yarra Ranges Region, Toyota Finance and Purple Hills. A special thank you to the organising committee Shane Dunemann, Angelo Maini, Dario Rovatti, Richard Hrehoresin and Mark Nolan.



What was the event? Pedal for Plunket
When and where was it held? 8-23 March across New Zealand
How much did you raise? $456,000 – previous event $297,000
What was the net profit? Up on last event
How many people participated? 164
Other comments Pedal for Plunket is an initiative run by The Warehouse for Plunket.  In March the event was held for the second time (previously held 2015).  Teams from The Warehouse and Plunket relay cycled the length of New Zealand to raise funds for Plunket to support and enable our strategic goal of Connected Communities. (Plunket wants to ensure all people have the opportunity to be connected within their community.  Often connections need to be facilitated – language barriers, isolation, teen mum’s and migrants are great examples of this.  Communities where families are connected to each other provide a safer, better place for children to grow up, in contrast to parenting in isolation).  Riders cycled various legs of the race through the North and South Islands in unison, calling in to 88 of The Warehouse’s 92 stores along the way.


Sumatra Jungle TrekWorld Animal Protection

What was the event? Sumatra Jungle Trek
When and where was it held? 17-26 February 2017, in the Gunung Leuser National Park in Sumatra, Indonesia.
How much did you raise (was this up or down on last year’s event)? We raised $23,000. (This is the first time we have held this event.)
What was the net profit (was this up or down on last year’s event)? $23,000 (each traveller covered their own costs)
How many people participated (were numbers up or down on last year’s event)? 4
Other comments Four World Animal Protection supporters trekked into the jungles of Sumatra to see orangutans, raising funds for animals in need. This was a rare opportunity to see orangutans in the wild.

As they trekked for days through challenging terrain, sleeping under the stars, the team was lucky enough to see six orangutans, including mothers with their babies. Everyone agreed seeing them in their natural forest environment was much more special than seeing them in a cage.

At the end of the trek, the group visited the village of Tangkahan. This village is famous for its elephant attractions, but two local guides are trying to change that by introducing animal-friendly ecotourism. The guides showed the group around and taught them about about local customs.

In this area, palm plantations are stripping orangutans of their homes. One of the group’s last activities was planting local tropical trees orangutans like – durian to eat, and mahogany for building homes.

A huge thank you to Amy, Brianna, Tanie and Sally for raising vital funds for our work with wildlife and other vulnerable animals.


its a bit poshRainbowYOUTH

What was the event?  ‘It’s a Bit Posh’ charity auction
When and where was it held? On 4 May 2017 at the ASB Cube (ASB North Wharf Building, Auckland, NZ).
How much did you raise? $25,000 net for this first-time event.
How many people participated? Approximately 150 people attended and 25 people volunteered to help run the evening.
Other comments This fundraising gala/auction was in support of RainbowYOUTH and LGBT rural youth. It was called RainbowYOUTH and ASB ‘It’s a Bit Posh’ charity auction.


Cereal for Coffee

What was the event? Cereal for Coffee Movie Night – Finding Dory
When and where was it held? 29 April, Boorabbin Picnic Ground, Wishart, Qld.
How much did you raise? We will be able to provide 1,400 breakfasts to local school and community breakfast clubs.
What was the net profit? It was our first fundraising event.
How many people participated? Over 350 people (mainly families).
Other comments We saw a need to ensure that children who attend school don’t arrive hungry having not eaten a healthy breakfast, either by their own choice or because of their home situation.  Statistics show that 1 in 5 children in Australia go to school hungry. This results in the loss of two hours essential learning time per day through them being distracted, not participating or reducing their capacity to learn. Our aim is to run two main fundraising events and two cafe events to be able to provide and supply breakfast clubs. The event slideshow can be viewed here:

jewish care lunchJewishCare

What was the event? Friends of Montefiore Brunch.
When and where was it held? Jewish Care Victoria hosted the 34th Annual Friends of Montefiore Brunch at Leonda by the Yarra, Hawthorn on 3 May 2017.
How much did you raise? More than $80,000.
How many people participated? 220 guests attended the event.
Other comments
Sponsored by the Pratt Foundation, the annual event raised more than $80,000 which will contribute towards new services that will enhance the lives of aged care residents of Gary Smorgon House who live with dementia. 

Martine Harte was a senior journalist for Network Ten in 2005, where her coverage of the Bali 9 arrests earned her a Gold Quill Award for excellence in journalism and a Logie award nomination. Also founder of the website and blog ‘Engaging Women’, she spoke about the significance of covering the Bali 9 story and meeting Schapelle Corby, as well as growing up in a household that valued social justice.

Passionate about the advancement of females and their rights, Harte said: “I encourage more women – you! – to put your hand up… to tell stories, to challenge the dominant norm. The absence of women’s voices means a narrow perspective and undermines our power. Silence means everything stays the same.”

Image (from left): Martine Harte, Delysia Pahoff OAM, Bill Appleby.


wesley missionWesley Mission

What was the event? Sports United is Wesley Missions annual fundraising lunch which is now its eighth year. The event is an opportunity for the Sporting world and corporate world to come together and raise much needed funds for Wesley Homeless Services which in the past year has provided 107,628 nights of accommodation to people experiencing homelessness.
When and where was it held? Sports United was held on May 11 at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia, Sydney.
How much did you raise? The event raised $121,676 and donations are still being received.
What was the net profit? The net profit of the event was $111,676 and this is up on last year’s event.
How many people participated? The event was attended by 150 people which was up on last year’s event
Other comments On 11 May 15 Australian sports stars gathered at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia in Sydney’s CBD, to help raise funds for Wesley Mission’s homelessness support services. Hosted by former Wallabies captain, Nick Farr-Jones, and Wesley Mission supporter, Phillip Hartog, a record-breaking figure of over $120,000, was raised through the annual Sports United fundraising event.

Many of the athletes who attended Sports United shared why they choose to support Wesley Mission. Retired AFL and Sydney Swans player, Jude Bolton, explained his passion for tackling the issue of homelessness within the community.

“I’ve come along to Sports United for a number of years now. It’s a great event and a better opportunity to help those doing it tough,” he explained. “I see a lot of homeless people in Woolomooloo. Some of them are wearing three piece suits. It makes me think where they’ve come from and realise that homelessness can happen to anyone.”

Australia cricketer, Nathan Lyon, echoed similar sentiments and shared about the importance of financially supporting homelessness accommodation services.

“I’m always happy to support and look for ways to give back to community,” he said. “I have two young girls of my own and I’d do anything to steer him away from that life but it’s scary to know that there are this many children doing it tough. It really hits home.”


royal flying doctorRoyal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Division)

What was the event?  Woolworths $2 token campaign in support of the RFDS (Qld Section)
When and where was it held? 1-14 May in 244 stores across Queensland and Northern NSW
How much did you raise? $276,786 in just 14 days
What was the net profit? All proceeds to the RFDS
How many people participated? 138,393 tokens sold
Other comments The Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) is grateful to the Woolworths customers of 244 participating stores across Qld and northern NSW who supported the Flying Doctor by purchasing $2 wall tokens, raising $276,786, with proceeds helping the Flying Doctor to deliver the finest care to people all over Queensl

The Dunsdon family know all too well how important the Flying Doctor is to people in rural and remote Queensland with both their young sons needing our help. Read more at:


fight cancer foundationFight Cancer Foundation

What was the event? The event was the annual Little Red Luncheon for Fight Cancer Foundation.
When and where was it held? It was held on 24 March at Frogmore Creek Winery, Hobart.
How much did you raise? The event raised almost $25,000.
What was the net profit? The net profit was $17,000 which is double on last year’s result.
How many people participated? 130 people attended this year, 120 last year.
Other comments This is the best result for Little Red Luncheon which has been running for 4 years.  Mal Walden was our guest speaker and Peter Gee of ABC was our MC.  Thanks to our major sponsors, Frogmore Creek Winery and Southern Cross.


opportunity internationalOpportunity International Australia

What was the event? The Women4Women Conference
When and where was it held? It was held on Saturday the 13 May at the Platform, level 3 256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth.
How much did you raise? We raised $944 through ticket sales and a raffle on the day.
How many people participated? There were 30 people in attendance.
Other comments This was the first time the conference has been held. We had three keynote speakers, Kirstin Bouse, Suzzanne Laidlaw and Rabia Siddique and the main goal was to empower women and men in Perth and at the same time empower women in India, Indonesia and the Philippines through the work of Opportunity International. The goal is to grow this event over the next few years to raise awareness and funds for Opportunity.


Cure Brain Cancer Foundation

What was the event? Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Enchanted Gala Ball
When and where was it held? Saturday 6 May 2017 at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney
How much did you raise? $1.54million. Last year we raised $1.1m so this was a marked improvement on last year’s total
How many people participated? Over 1,200 guests attended this year’s Sydney Gala Ball, which is on par with our best ever attendance.
Other comments Professor Charlie Teo led a stellar line-up at Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s Enchanted Gala Ball at the International Convention Centre on Saturday 06 May. A number of Charlie’s close personal friends including Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Karl Stefanovic (Today Show) and Nicole O’Neil (Real Housewives of Sydney) were among the guests who hit the red carpet at the ICC, as well as leaders from the business world including Marcus Blackmore, and media personalities Jim Wilson, Alex Cullen and Marcella Zemanek. 

The event was hosted by Today Extra host David Campbell, who later joined his father, Aussie rock legend and headline act, Jimmy Barnes, on stage for a stirring performance that had the crowd dancing until midnight. The evening’s other entertainment was performed by world-famous illusionist Cosentino and X Factor duo Matt and Jess.


crusader lunchThe Crusader Union of Australia

What was the event? The Crusaders Business Luncheon was a formal fundraising event held for 300 businessmen and women.
When and where was it held? It was held at NSW Parliament House on Friday 24thMarch 2017.
How much did you raise? We raised $594,000, which was slightly down on last year when we raised $603,000
What was the net profit? 2017 was $577,275 and in 2016 $586,482.
How many people participated? 300 attendees in 2017 and 320 in 2016.


steps olympiansSTEPS Charity

What was the event? Living Legends Long Lunch
When and where was it held? March 17, 2017. The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast, 15 Freshwater St, Mountain Creek QLD 4557
How much did you raise? $12,500
What was the net profit? $5,655
How many people participated? 160
Other comments Five Australian Olympian guests formed a panel and shared stories of their challenges and triumphs over a long lunch. The theme of the afternoon was celebrating achievement and community and guests were treated to a two course meal, cheese platter and drinks package. Olympians included Mark Knowles, Alana Quade (Boyd), Jordan Wood, Gary Winram and Alyce Burnett. The lunch also was an opportunity to give thanks and recognition to our four Living Legends, which are local businesses who contribute greatly to STEPS Charity.


steps lunchSTEPS Charity

What was the event? Leading Ladies Lunch
When and where was it held? May 12, 2017. See Restaurant, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, Qld.
How much did you raise? $5944
What was the net profit? $5391
How many people participated? 68
Other comments The Leading Ladies Lunch was held to celebrate ambitious, successful and insiring women on the Sunshine Coast, just before Mother’s Day. Four inspiring women, Debbie Platz, Carmel Crouch, Sophia O’Brien and Amanda Yeates, spoke with our emcee Ingrid Nelson and guests enjoyed fine food by the sea.


guide dogs tasmaniaGuide Dogs Tasmania

What was the event? International Guide Dog Day – 60th Anniversary Celebration at Government House, Tasmania
When and where was it held? On 26 April (International Guide Dog Day) from 3pm-5pm at Government House Hobart
How much did you raise? Over $3,000.
Other comments This was a first-time event for invited guests and was hosted by our Patron, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania. The reception was held in the grand ballroom. The Pup Parade featured 16 GDT pups and their volunteer handlers. Each pup was presented with a commemorative 60thAnniversary patch to wear on their learner coats.


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