Socialites will convene for another charitable event at Crown Perth this Friday when Variety Toy Bank hosts its ‘Jewels of Fashion’ luncheon.
The main guest speaker at the event will be 2015 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, who has drawn from her own experience to put domestic violence on the social agenda.
In 2014, Rosie tragically lost her son, 11-year-old Luke Batty who was killed by his father in a violent incident. Since then she has vowed her life to making a difference and supporting women and children affected by trauma of domestic violence with the Luke Batty Foundation.
Says Rosie, “I want to tell everybody that family violence happens to everyone. No matter how intelligent you are or how nice your house is, it can happen.”
Alongside Variety Toy Bank is Angela Hartwig, CEO of the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA). Angela says it’s important to have a strong focus on violence prevention education in schools, and highlighted the value of the Promoting Safety and Respect initiative, a project run by the Women’s Council and supported by Variety Toy Bank fundraising.
While the purpose of the event is a serious one, the order of the day is somewhat more relaxed with guests set to be treated to a fashion parade that will feature summer collections by local labels.
Each guest is requested to bring with them a new toy (nb: not gift-wrapped) which will go into the bank to later be distributed to disadvantaged children in women’s refuges across the state.
In 2015, over $45,000 worth of toys were donated at Toy bank events, providing joy and comfort to 5,000 WA children in need. Antonino Tati
Variety Toy Bank’s ‘Jewels of Fashion’ luncheon is on Friday 9 September in the Astral Ballroom, Crown Perth.
Date: Friday, 9 September 2016
Location: The Astral Ballroom, Crown Perth
Time: 11.45 am for 12pm start
Cost: $170 per person, plus the donation of a new toy
Tickets: Online at www.varietytoybank.org.au or by calling (08) 9355 3655