The 19th Starry Starry Night raises more than $750,000

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Media Release - Monday 21 November, 2016

Guests dug deep to raise more than $750,000 to support the Alannah & Madeline Foundation for the 19th annual Starry Starry Night gala ball at Crown Palladium on Saturday 19 November.

Close to 1,000 guests, including Chairman John Bertrand AO, Founding Patron Walter Mikac and some of Australia's biggest names in television, sport and entertainment came together for an evening of colourful performances and glamour to support the Foundation’s work keeping children safe from violence and bullying.

During the past 19 years, the Foundation has helped protect almost 1.6 million children from violence and bullying through its care, prevention and advocacy programs.

The Foundation’s eSmart Schools program is now in more than 2,300 Australian schools, eSmart Libraries is in more than half of Australian public libraries and more than 200,000 students are using the eSmart Digital Licence. The eSmart suite of programs ensure Australians have the skills to use the internet in a smart, safe and responsible way. The Foundation is also about to send out its 70,000th Buddy Bag to children who are in emergency accommodation.

It runs Children Ahead, which provides intensive and therapeutic support to children and young people to assist their recovery from significant trauma or violence. The Foundation’s Cubby House at the Broadmeadows Children’s Court provides important support to children whose lives have been turned upside down during traumatic domestic situations.

The evening was hosted by Channel 7’s Melissa Doyle AM and performer Rob Mills, with an array of celebrities stepping out to perform on the night in support of the Foundation, with highlights including:

  • Legendary Australian performer Rhonda Burchmore
  • Opera singer Mark Vincent
  • Australian Children’s Choir
  • Australia’s Got Talent winner, Bonnie Anderson
  • 3AW’s Mike Brady
  • Jaime Robbie Reyne, son of Australian rocker James Reyne
  • Smooth FM’s Ty Frost
  • Home and Away star Shane Whithington
  • The Voice winner Harrison Craig
  • Ben Griffiths, Oleg Markov and Todd Elton from the Richmond Football Club.

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta was delighted with the fundraising result, which she said would really make difference to children’s lives across Australia.

“It’s been an amazing night. We are absolutely thrilled with the generosity of everyone who attended and supported this year’s Starry Starry Night,” Ms Podesta said. “The funds raised will go towards our valuable programs and will continue to help us keep children across Australia safe from violence and bullying.”

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