Thank you to all who joined the 2015 Masquerade Ball!
November 14th saw 170 people pack out the Shangri La Hotel in Sydney for a night of dinner, dancing, mingling, and fundraising. We were touched to see so many of our supporters there on the night, all dressed to impress with a variety of unusual masks!
The evening kicked off with a performance from Simon Hyland, who entertained guests with a few songs before the delicious dinner was served. The event also featured a presentation from SeeBeyondBorders CEO and co-founder Ed Shuttleworth, who brought guests up to speed on the amazing progress the charity has made since the last fundraising ball, thanking attendees for their continuing support.
Author and lawyer Alice Pung was the guest speaker of the evening, who shared stories of her parents’ experiences as Cambodian refugees who came to Australia to escape the violence of the Khmer Rouge regime. Born a month after her parents arrived, Alice is now a passionate advocate for social equality and justice. She was accompanied by husband Nick and baby Leo, who scored top marks for his adorable devil mask and matching waistcoat.
Helping Hands ran the charity auction on the night, with an amazing selection of prizes generously donated from local organisations, including a holiday in Tuscany, dinner, jewellery and gift vouchers.
We would like to thank everyone who came out on the night to show their support for our education work in Cambodia. In particular, we would like to thank the Shangri La Hotel for their generosity and hospitality; Andie, Alison and Mrs Kria from Redlands School in Sydney, who took care of the evening’s photography; and all the organisations who donated prizes for our auction.
More photos from the evening will be available on our Facebook page soon.
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