Queensland WaterAid Ball raises over $130,000
The first ever Queensland WaterAid Ball broke records by any account: 450 guests and VIPs gathered at the City Hall in their James Bond attire for a night of fine wine, food and fundraising under the James Bond theme "Casino Royale".
Award-winning science writer, broadcaster and celebrity Bernie Hobbs acted as MC for the evening and got the crowd laughing from the start. The special ball offered an exclusive pre-dinner cocktail function, lots of networking opportunities, entertainment such as an opening act with two Bond girls, silent and live auctions and Casino Royale tables for blackjack and roulette. Auctioneer Phill Broom from Jason Andrews donated his time and sold all six live auction items raising $28,000 alone.
WaterAid is an international, non governmental organisation dedicated to ensuring the world’s poorest people have access to safe drinking water and effective sanitation, changing their lives forever. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached more than 19 million people providing them with safe water and provided 15 million people with sanitation since 2004. They provide local communities with local skills and practical, sustainable technologies to achieve lasting improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene education. Currently, they operate in 26 countries including Australia’s neighbours, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor-Leste. New programs are also being established in Laos and Cambodia.
IWC and WaterAid have a close working relationship and have partnered on a number of projects over the years.
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