Bellevue Philanthropy was created to raise funds for, and bring awareness to, organisations that I feel an affinity for.
As a mother of four children, PANDA was the first charity on my list. I recognise how tough parenting can be and appreciate the vital work that PANDA does within the community.
The Winter Solstice Ladies Luncheon was held in 2011 and 2012 in support of PANDA and raised in excess of $31,000.
As I live in Bayside, I wanted to support the hospital my children would be sent to in an emergency. Monash Children's is Victoria's second largest and Australia's third largest children's hospital, dedicated to providing quality patient care for the children and families of the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne and beyond, right across Victoria.
The Oaks Day luncheon, in support of Monash Children's, is an annual celebration of feminine elegance and the heritage of Ladies Day, one of the most popular race days of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, without having to go to the races! The lunch in 2012 raised $29,000 and $35,000 in 2013, $33,000 in 2014 and $43,000 in 2015, I can't wait to see what we can raise in 2016!
I joined forces with Amalocal in 2012 to bring the Bayside community a twilight festival of stalls laden with local produce, meats, breads, dips, pestos, sauces, pasta, jams and chutneys.The Bayside Local Food Festival was a wonderful opportunity to meet local farmers, producers and bakers and purchase fantastic fresh produce. The Festival also raised funds for FareShare to help them continue to produce meals for those who struggle to feed themselves and to raise awareness of the magnitude of hunger and food insecurity around us. The money raised at the Festival provided another 3,600 meals.
In 2013 I teamed up with the Bayside Thermomix Team to provide a fundraising morning tea, again for FareShare. $800 was raised. In 2014, the Great Thermomix Raffle raised over $7,600 for RCD Fund helping fund a pilot program for outpatient music therapy for ABI (acquired brain injury) patients at Monash Hospital, and more events are planned for this year.