What a very successful "Voyage of a Lifetime" Gala Lunch.
Our Guest speaker Sandra Pankhurst and forner voyager Joanne Liddell spoke passionately about their life experience and reinforced the benefits of the Alma Doepel Youth Sail Training program for youth at risk.
Hot topics today include mental health support, homeless youth, drugs and alcohol abuse, youth gangs and crime.
Funds raised at the lunch amounted to $49,977 This figure was made up of ticket sales, sponsorships, auction items and donations.
This is an outstanding result and the best result in the four years the lunch has been running.
The lunch was made possible by the commitment of our sponsors and we are very grateful to them for being a part of the day.
We say a huge thank you to all our sponsors who made the “Voyage of a Lifetime” Gala Lunch possible:
Major Sponsor Hempel
Our Supporting Partners City of Melbourne, Development Victoria and SeaRoad Ferries who all once again supported this event as they have done in previous years.
New this year is the Small Business and Community Partners,
AWA Alliance Bank,
InThync Professional Training,
Alphaxo Risk Partners,
Snap Dandenong South
and Eyes on Docklands for being a part of the lunch.
Special thanks to Peter Hitchener for being our MC once again. Peter has been our MC at all our lunches and does a very fine job.
Thanks to Sandra Pankhurst for giving her time to tell her story and reinforce the positive effects Youth Sail Training has on young people’s lives.
Thank you to Joanne Liddell, a former Youth Sail Training Voyager, who told of the impact her experience on Alma had on her life. Joanne has written a song about Alma and this was played at the lunch.
Thank you to Matthew Marshall of Biggin Scott Aspendale for being our auctioneer for the day
Thank you to all our auction item donors.
The main auction items donors were:
Port Phillip Sea Pilots
Peter Hitchener Channel 9 News
Patrick East Swanson Dock
Port Phillip Ferries
... and a final thank you to all the helpers on the day.
With the Gala Lunch funds and other recent donations still to be reckoned, we still need to raise between $1.2 - $1.3 million dollars to complete the job.
So many people have already donated so much to this project and we have come a long way - we couldn't have done it without this support.
There is still more to do, and it will be worth it!
Lets start by raising the funds needed to replank Alma and have her ready to go back in the water.
If 500,000 people were to chip in 1 dollar, that is what it would take to get the hull back in the water.
Joanne will give away her song on a CD to the first 100 donations of $50 or more!
Read Joanne's story - just click here
Donations can be made direct to: Alma Doepel Supporters Club Bank Account
and send the deposit confirmation to me with your contact details and you will be sent the CD. firstname.lastname@example.org
Other ways you can help
A Strategic Partnership between Alma Doepel and AWA Alliance Bank has been established.
Through this partnership you can support Alma Doepel’s restoration by considering AWA Alliance Bank for your banking needs..
For more details click here