The 10th annual Parkerville Children and Youth Care Charity Lunch was held at Crown Perth on Friday, 7 November.
The event continues to stamp its claim as the largest and most successful fundraising lunch on the WA social calendar, attracting 850 supporters for an afternoon of good food, wine and plenty of laughs as we celebrated a decade of support from the WA business and philanthropic communities under the theme ‘child abuse is no laughing matter’ and with the help of some of Australia’s best comedians in Kitty Flanagan and Jeff Green.
This year’s event also included two new initiatives with the launch of the Starfish Pledge and the Hear Me mobile application. The Hear Me app is Australia’s first app that focuses on education and awareness around child abuse. The free app has been developed for people who are interested in educating themselves on the effects of abuse on children and young people and for those seeking access to services and programmes that can assist children, young people, and their families, in their recovery from abuse. Hear Me also provides users with direct access to trained psychologists, via a live chat interface, free of charge and can be downloaded now from the iTunes App Store and GooglePlay.
The Starfish Pledge was launched at this year’s event and enables people to directly support the recovery of a child or young person who has suffered trauma from abuse through a pledge of $3000. The pledge provides a therapist for a child or young person to meet their specific treatment needs. A starfish pledge can be made as a lump sum or over a 12 month period at $250 per month. To make a pledge please contact Nathaniel Lee at email@example.com or download the Starfish Pledge form, complete and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Charity Lunch is Parkerville’s biggest fundraising initiative with money raised going to support the programmes and services we deliver to children, young people and families throughout Western Australia. As such, the event also offered a few other means for guests to part with their money for a great cause including a live auction, silent auction and raffle.
Before the live auction got underway a quick reminder of the purpose for the annual Charity Lunch and the issue Parkerville works to overcome was presented with the launch of this year’s video presentation entitled ‘Inside Out’ (view the Inside Out video). With 10 quality items and experiences up for grabs in the auction, the bidding was fierce. Guests raised their bid paddles for experiences ranging from lunches at Southwest wineries with helicopter transfers and Business Class flights with Qatar Airways, to luxurious Broome holidays, high-end appliance packages and artwork. Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer for the afternoon, Channel Ten’s Tim Gossage, did a stellar job ensuring good money was paid for each item.
To round out the formalities for the afternoon Parkerville’s Chair, Bishop Tom Wilmot, took to the stage to announce the person who would take over from Malcolm McCusker as Parkerville Children and Youth Care’s new Patron. The honour was bestowed upon Mr George Jones, a gentleman who once called Parkerville Children’s Home home and who has supported the Organisation for numerous years as a philanthropist, Board member and Chair of our Investment, Property and Audit Committee.
As is generally the case with fundraising events, we could not have achieved the success we did with the 10th Charity Lunch without the support of numerous individuals and businesses who donated items for the auctions and raffle and the many guests who purchased tables, raffle tickets and auction items to aid our fundraising effort and increase awareness of the issue of child abuse in WA and the work we do to combat it. To all these people, both the long-term supporters of the event and those who joined our ranks for the first time, we extend our sincere thanks.
We hope to see you all at the 11th annual Parkerville Children and Youth Care Charity Lunch at Crown Perth on Friday, 16 October 2015. Mark the date in your diary now and stay tuned to www.parkerville.org.au for more information on next year’s Lunch early in 2015.