- Sept. 8, 2013
-- On 27th
September the Macquarie Park Rotary Club and ambassador Ian Thorpe will host a Gala Dinner initiative on behalf of HOPE Africa. The charity’s vision is to raise $500,000 to fund a youth centre in poverty-stricken Otjiwarongo, Namibia.
Taking place at Curzon Hall, the dinner is an ideal opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of those less fortunate and to dine with some of Australia’s entertainment, sporting and media personalities.
Special guests for the evening include: HOPE Africa’s ambassador and Olympic Gold Medallist Ian Thorpe; NRL legend and sports presenter Brad Fittler; journalist, author and TV presenter Jeff McMullen; former RAAF pilot and aerobatic competitor, Matt Hall; former Chief of the Defence Force, Peter Cosgrove and Chief Newsreader and journalist, Peter Overton.
HOPE Africa is the brainchild of Deidre Anderson who is Deputy Vice Chancellor at Macquarie University and Past President of Macquarie Park Rotary Club, the organisation driving the charity initiative, in partnership with indigo foundation.
“After my time in Namibia it was clear to me that this was to be where my efforts would be directed,” says Ms Anderson. “Giving young children a better chance in life - what greater gift can one give?
Ian Thorpe has offered his patronage to the charity saying it is an extension of his work in indigenous communities where the opportunity to make a direct impact is possible.
“I have known Deidre for some time and we share a passion for giving children a better future,” says Ian, “So when she returned from Namibia I knew she would want to find a way to help the children and of course she did,” he said. “I am honoured be involved in such an important initiative.”
For more information or to make a booking, please contact Vivian Yang on 0435150695 / email@example.com
or visit www.hopeafrica.org.au