All the details: Gold Dinner digs deep to raise over $3million

Over 500 of the country’s leading philanthropists and captains of industry have gathered at Fox Studios for the annual Gold Dinner, the most exclusive charity gala for the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, which is now in its 22nd year.

With a vision to transform health outcomes for children now and for future generations, the Gold Dinner, Australia’s signature charity event, has raised close to $30 million since inception. And in an immersive gold (themed and styled) experience, guests generously pledged their support for this year’s beneficiary – Critical Care across The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, in the aid of the state’s most critically ill and injured children. Together the evening raised a staggering $3,000,000 and counting.

Speaking about Critical Care and why it is such an important area, Nicola Stokes, CEO of Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation said: “When a child is seriously ill or injured in our State, there is a network of critical care which wraps around them to give them their best chance at survival and recovery – from specialised transport to emergency and from intensive care to sophisticated training and education. Through the funds raised at Gold Dinner 2019, we will ensure the expert critical care teams from Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network will be there for every child, every step of the way.”

Notable guests for this year’s fundraiser, included: Simon Baker, Hon Julie Bishop MP, Tim Minchin, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Steven Lowy, Skye Leckie, Channel 9’s Deborah Knight and Peter Overton, Karl and Jasmin Stefanovic, John and Amber Symond and Marc Freeman.

Helping to raise these crucial funds, guests were invited to bid at auction for special prizes, including:

Confessions of a Former Foreign Minister – an intimate lunch by Guillaume Brahimi hosted by The Hon Julie Bishop MP, which due to popular demand sold twice at a total of $77,000

Paspaley Pearl Safari Experience which sold for $15,000

A private cruise on Sydney Harbour aboard the luxury Ghost II which sold for $34,000

Throughout the evening, guests dined on a feast of the senses. A special custom menu collaboration was curated between celebrity chefs, Guillaume Brahimi and Nobu Matsuhisa, which included hiramasa yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and braised wagyu short rib served on Paris mash – served alongside Bollinger Champagne and stunning wines. Any left over food from the evening was donated to OzHarvest trucks waiting outside the event and shared with people in need.

A special extra touch – surprise guest performer, Amy Shark, set the tone for the evening with an acoustic rendition set for guests before revealing a secret space, which transformed into a dance floor that continued into the night.

Long-time donor to the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, philanthropist and businesswoman Monica Saunders-Weinberg led the 2019 Gold Committee as Chair, pledging that ‘it’s a great honour to be able to contribute to the future of children’s health’.

The vision and efforts for this event would not have been possible without the committee, which comprises of longstanding members Alina Barlow, Roslyn Hakim, Emma van Haandel, Eva Galambos and Wallis Graham and this year welcomed Hon Julie Bishop MP, Richard A Weinberg, Mikey Filler, Kathryn Carter, Karl Stefanovic, Emma Cooper, Guillaume Brahimi and Phil Schofield.

Source: Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation


The Gold Dinner for sick kids raises over 3 million bucks

I attended what I think is my 22nd Gold Dinner last night – seems an eternity – when it was first called the Gold Ball.

A major fundraiser gold ball  for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, over 3 million bucks was raised to help the trauma departments at the hospital (Westmead too is a beneficiary of the ‘Gold’.) Take a read of this to find out what the Gold Dinner is all about.

Highlight must be an exquisite country family – a beautiful young man named Charlie (I would guess he’s around 19 now) and his mum and dad got up to tell us their experience, when Charlie had a brain trauma at school (it had been laying dormant since birth) and the unbelievable support, treatment and rehab he went through. He was in hospital for 7 months.

There was not a dry eye in the room as this articulate, beautiful, incredibly tall and dare I say, handsome young man made his way up onto the stage – with the help of a walking stick – but the words that came out of his mouth were heartfelt and joyous.

This is reality. This is real life.

The Gold Dinner has had many incarnations & has raised over $25 million in its existence.

This year’s committee chair is Monica Saunders – her late dad co-founded Westfield. She is an absolute, rolled gold, flies under the radar delight. Yes, she is seriously rich, as were most in the room.

Umm, bar a few. Hi!!!! 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼

One of the big fundraising elements of the Gold is pledging. So, lights came up and Julie Bishop and Karl Stefanovic worked the room as the incredible Justin Miller wrangled the crowd.

Whether it was for an incubator, a $30,000 hospital bed, or a new neonatal crib, every cent you pledge goes on that item.

Such is the emotion of the night when they came around to the pledges, I remember when our beautiful son Connor was born.

His oxygen saturation levels weren’t great and he was rushed to the special care unit before going downstairs to ICU  for a couple of days at the hospital.

I remember going downstairs in my wheelchair – I’d had a caesarean, so there was a little bit of pain – but nothing like the little struggle he was going through until he was well enough to come up and be back with me, in my hospital room and next to me in my bed.

The medical fraternity is made up of gods, ‘fixing’ children – small, medium and large – through the most hard of times that none of us could imagine.

In I roomful of millionaires and billionaires, I was incredibly happy to play just a tiny role in buying a new little crib for a child to help what my beautiful boy went through for those couple of days.

The whole night was exquisite and as I looked around the room I wondered about the mill & billionaires, I thought if I was a billionaire I’d be giving millions. What price do you put on a child’s life?

To give back and be grateful about our medical fraternity is so important and boy, in our humble situation, it certainly gave our kid the best kickstart ever.

Thanks for a wonderful night for a great cause.

By Melissa Hoyer


Peter Morrissey HOME has launched nationally in Australia

The ‘Peter Morrissey HOME – Bed & Bath Collection’ has launched through ’The Reject Shop’ Nationwide.

Add a touch of savvy style to your home and Don’t miss your chance to get designer style at a savvy price with the exclusive home range by Peter Morrissey. Beautifully designed quilt cover and sheet sets, towels and throws are available at everyday low prices.

Renowned fashion designer, businessman and entrepreneur, Peter Morrissey has been at the forefront of the Australian Fashion Industry for over 30 years. Peter’s philosophy “I want to fashion people’s lives, not just their wardrobes”.

Peter is excited and proud to be associated with the Buy2Give and invites your organisation to wear his new Corporate and Workwear collection. Incorporated in 2015, Buy2Give’s mission is to build a profitable enterprise focussing on our ‘greater good’ objective to support Not-for-Profits in their quests to generate awareness and much-needed funding. This is accomplished through the sale of Personal Protective Equipment, Suncare, Workwear and designer Uniforms which make people safe in what they wear and proud of what they are doing.

Buy2Give helps in 3 ways:

  • Enhances employee motivation & satisfaction as they know their employer cares for them and the community
  • Creates awareness of, and funding to, community support and research organisations
  • Helps Corporations to support their communities and, at the same time, reaching their Corporate CSR objectives.

Source: Buy2Give


Upcoming Fashion X Sustainability project in The Maldives

Producer of the world’s most innovative catwalks, Jessica Minh Anh, has officially partnered with Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani to promote Fashion X Sustainability in the Maldives between 31 May and 5 June 2019. Soneva Fushi is located in the midst of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, while Soneva Jani is set in a 5.6-kilometer lagoon.

An advocate for renewal energy, Jessica Minh Anh famously transformed America’s iconic Hoover Dam and Spanish GemaSOLAR power plant and into the world’s newest runways. “It was a conscious decision for me to pick the Maldives for this special project.

I want to highlight the importance of sustainability through artistic and cinematic captures that will hopefully be universally embraced. I believe we can achieve great results by stimulating the mindset towards green initiatives in a creative way” said Jessica.

Using her extraordinary visual concepts, the supermodel turned entrepreneur will tell a compelling story following Soneva’s sustainability initiatives. Multi-angle cameras will follow Jessica as she explores Eco Centro, the hub for Soneva’s “Waste-to-Wealth” initiatives, as well as breath-taking sights, including crystal-clear lagoons, eco-friendly villas, and castaway boat rides to heavenly deserted islands.

In line with the green concept, the shoot will feature a combination of haute couture, ready-to-wear, and accessory pieces and include no leather, fur, or feathers. Eleven fashion and accessory collections were flown in from the UK, Italy, UAE, Turkey, Lebanon, Australia, and Vietnam.

In preparation for the highly-anticipated fashion shoot, Soneva has come up with a detailed schedule covering the resorts’ most exclusive activities, both on land and in the water. “We are really delighted to work with Jessica on this special project. She is a global fashion sensation with a meaningful message that resonates with Soneva’s philosophy.

Jessica’s vision is in line with our corporate practice of combining innovation, luxury, and sustainability to create unique and memorable experiences” said Soneva’s CEO, Sonu Shivdasani. An initiative such as this partnership, which will strategically point global media attention towards sustainability, is a positive effort in the right direction.

On selecting Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in particular, Jessica said “I admire Soneva’s commitment towards decarbonizing, having been carbon neutral since 2012. I’m also amazed by “Women in Soneva” programme which increases women’s employment rates in the Maldives, and Soneva Foundation which provides energy to rural areas in Myanmar”.

Millennials around the world will get a sneak peek into Jessica’s world as she shares her team’s journey from London, Paris, Los Angeles, and Bangkok to the Maldives, as well as the entire five-day shoot on her Instagram and Facebook stories. The young entrepreneur continues to inspire a new generation of courageous leaders with her mind-blowing productions atop the Eiffel Tower and Grand Canyon Skywalk, and her unwavering focus on reinvention and innovation, which she recently shared in a TEDx Conference.

Combining Jessica Minh Anh’s iconic international portfolio and Soneva’s pioneering sustainability initiatives, the exclusive shoot is set to be one of the most impactful productions to date.

Source: Fashion X Sustainability


Former Harper's BAZAAR editor Kellie Hush launches The Way

Former Harper’s BAZAAR Australia editor-in-chief Kellie Hush has launched The Way, a fashion accessories brand she is co-founder of. 

The Way was founded with a vision of creating a line of fashion accessories for the Australian consumer who is looking for great style at an accessible price. The Way will feature primarily bags and jewellery and will be collaborating with beauty brands, including LUMA by Jessica Hart and Salt By Hendrix.

Hush has pulled together a strategic group of investors to back The Way who are leaders in the retail, finance and digital technology industries enabling The Way to be a major player from launch.

“I travelled a lot internationally during my career at BAZAAR and time after time I found so many great shops that had great accessories at an affordable price and I’d kick myself when I got home that I didn’t buy a few pieces.” said Hush. “Over the years so many international fashion brands have opened here in Australia, but no one is doing awesome fashion bags and jewellery. Which is how and why The Way was born.”

The Way is a digital-first brand with the e-commerce site www.theway.com.au now live. Stores across Australia will follow in the second half of 2019.

“The Australian consumer is absolutely shopping online but we also want to ensure that our customer who still loves to shop in store can experience the brand up close, which is why an aggressive retail rollout will follow the website launch. A tactile experience is important for The Way as we want our customers to touch, feel and try on the brand,” said Hush.

Hush will also be sharing her fashion knowledge and experience with consumers via her blog, VIP events and through social media channels.

“I have two decades worth of knowledge I want to share with my customer. I will be working with The Way team to decipher trends, so our customer is armed with knowledge when she shops at The Way,” said Hush

Source: The Way