$25,000 cheque presented to the Alannah & Madeline Foundation
Sylvie Berchick said that this year the Brighton Lunch celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary and was Co-Chaired by it’s founder, Geoff Bentley and herself with almost 550 people attending. Major Sponsor was Mercedes-Benz Brighton as well as APT, Kay and Burton, Half Moon, Wilson’s Storage, MonJon and Brighton International.
Over the last 10 years the Brighton Lunch has raised almost $900,000 which has been directed to a great many worthy charities as well as to Rotary and Rotary Club of Brighton charities.
This year the theme was #Stop the Bullying and the speakers were Jelena Dokic, Constance Hall, Grace Halphen and Walter Mikac, Hosted by Ann Peacock with after party entertainment by the Chantoozies. The theme of Bullying - a very serious problem in today’s world needed to be discussed in order to raise awareness around bullying in today’s social media climate. Organisers connected with speaker Walter Mikac who was the founder of the Alannah and Madeline foundation which was set up in memory of his daughters Alannah and Madeline, who were tragically killed along with their mother and 32 others at Port Arthur.
One of the Foundations key objectives is to care for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence, and importantly to reduce the incidences of bullying, cyber bullying and other cyber risks, and assure the well being of children. It was a perfect charity to align ourselves with and Sylvie said they were proud to be able to donate $25,000 for the proceeds of the Brighton Lunch for them to continue their important work. Sylvie then presented the cheque to Jacqui who spoke on behalf of the Foundation and said that the money will help protect children from cyber violence and thanked us very much for our generous donation.