The 2nd Annual Dinner of The Chappell Foundation (TCF) was a SMASHING success.
We stand humbled by people’s generosity and moved by the love in the room.
The SCG was a sublime venue for drinks on the ground for an hour before guests made their way up to the Noble Dining Room. Almost 400 guests attended and we raised over $200,000 which will enable us to assist our four partner NGOs in ameliorating youth homelessness.
It was a star-studded evening. Jimmy Barnes was guest of honour and we were also honoured to have another Australian rock legend, Peter Garrett, in the room.
Two TCF Patrons were present – Greg Chappell MBE and John Singleton AM – as well as two of our ambassadors, Louise Sauvage OAM and Johnny Lewis OAM. Guests from the cricket world included Ian Chappell, Trevor Chappell, Mark Taylor AO, Alex and Kate Blackwell, TCF board member Lisa Sthalekar, Greg Matthews, Stuart MacGill and Steve O’Keefe.
The rock stars seemed excited to be surrounded by sporting legends and the sporting legends were equally excited to be near the men who provided the soundtrack to so many dressing room celebrations.
Jimmy admitted they didn’t play much cricket in Scotland when he was a kid because nothing good was ever going to come from handing any of his mates a lump of wood!
Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings flew from Melbourne to be there on the night. It was a gesture we appreciated.
Senator Doug Cameron, the Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, was in attendance as were a number of other political figures, including our favourite amateur cricketer, former Senator John Faulkner.
The evening commenced with an inimitable message from TCF Patron Dennis Lillee AM. DK filmed it himself on his smartphone and displayed all the tech savvy of a teenager. Who’d have thought?
The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the brilliant interview conducted by TCF Director Tracey Holmes with Jimmy Barnes.
Barnesy won over one and all with his candour and incredible story. The icing on the cake was his spontaneous (okay, a generous guest donated $15,000 to make it happen) rendition of Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson’s “In the Upper Room” - an absolute tour de force which shook the fillings in our teeth and elicited a standing ovation. That man’s lungs are one of the wonders of the world.
Jimmy is such an honest and open-hearted person, he went out of his way to talk to as many people as possible and made the night the success it was.
Earlier, TCF Chairman Darshak Mehta OAM spoke with passion about the work we do and how much more needs to be done by all concerned.
Former Defence Minister John Faulkner and Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement, Peter FitzSimons, conducted a highly fruitful “Live” auction.
The CEOs of our partner organisations, Russell King of WAYS, Jason Juretic of Stepping Stone and Bernie Shakeshaft of BackTrack were also interviewed about the crucial work they do with the young homeless.
Thanks again if you came. If you couldn’t make it our new website makes donations easy. PS: Winter is coming.
Being homeless is never easy but it is twice the hell in the cold months. Help us lift these kids up from the street and find them a warm, safe bed for the night and for the rest of their lives.