Clare Joyce spends an emotional evening with The Funding Network.

[caption id="attachment_356203" align="aligncenter" width="853"] Above from left: Lana Borg, Sister Diana and Simone Patterson pitched for their causes[/caption]

On an unseasonably warm evening in Sydney, the doors of the elevator slide open onto the 25th floor of the AMP building. I collect my name badge and accept a glass of champagne. I catch glimpses of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as I make my way through the throng of people. The atmosphere is festive with a current of nervous anticipation. A little like the moments before a wedding or a grand final or a concert.

Except we are not here to celebrate love, or barrack for our team, or scream for our favourite singer. We are here to help three women make the world a better place by pledging money to their causes: homelessness, refugee literacy and domestic violence.

But before the pledges come the pitches. The three social entrepreneurs have six minutes each to tell us…

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