Disadvantaged young Australians will benefit from the more than $500,000 raised through this weekend’s major YWCA NSW fundraiser and CEO Anna Bligh has issued a heartfelt thanks to the many individual and corporate donors.
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In addition to generous funding of $50,000 announced at the Mother of All Balls by NSW Premier the Hon Mike Baird, the 450 guests at the Ball, including many of Australia’s leading corporates, dug deep. Funds raised will fund programs that support young Australians, particularly the Big Brother Big Sister™ initiative that helps disadvantaged children.
“More than 3000 at-risk children and young people have already benefitted from our unique mentoring program, Big Brother Big Sister, and the incredible success of our Mother of All Balls will help fund this powerful initiative over the coming year,” Ms Bligh said.
Among the high profile guests were Australian Actors Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg, incoming YWCA NSW Chair Elizabeth Bryan AM, Mirvac CEO Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, Associate Professor Charlie Teo, NRL COO Suzanne Young, Chief Strategy Officer STW Group Rose Herceg, King & Wood Mallesons Partner David Friedlander, PwC Partner Kevin Reilly, Macquarie Telecom’s David Tudehope, and Buildcorp’s Josephine and Tony Sukkar. Josephine Sukkar and Jill Davies, Global Strategy and Events Consultant, have served as Co-Presidents of YWCA NSW for the past four years. Major corporate sponsors included Qantas, Telstra, PWC, KWM, News Ltd, NRL, EY, Deloitte, Angove and Beerbud. Renowned chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan prepared an exquisite Black & White themed menu for the event at Sydney’s Town Hall.
YWCA NSW Patron Rachel Ward co-ordinated a range of extraordinary auction prizes including a day in theatre with Dr Teo, and a Sean’s Panorama Lunch with Bryan Brown, Sam Neil and Simon Baker. Bryan Brown, along with other mentors spoke movingly of their involvement in Big Brother, Big Sister.
“Unfortunately, there’s an ever increasing need for our work with young people, with women and with families, and we are very grateful to everyone who turned out for our Mother of All Balls event and who continue to support YWCA NSW financially and by volunteering their time,” Ms Bligh said.
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YWCA NSW has been running for over 130 years and is one of Australia’s oldest not for profit organisations. YWCA NSW Community Services and programs are designed to help people develop their life skills and change their lives so they can become happy and contributing individuals. At any one time there are over 50 programs running across four different regions in NSW, ranging from early childhood learning, to youth mentoring, through to domestic violence services and homeless services. YWCA NSW works with women, children, young people and their families to help find the possible in their lives.