White Ribbon Gala

white ribbon groupWhite ribbonIt was certainly a night to remember as the Broome community dug deep to make Broome Rotary’s inaugural White Ribbon Gala and Charity Auction a sell-out success.

Saturday November 24th was White Ribbon Day, which supports a national campaign to stop violence against women.

Broome Rotary’s theme for the night was “Supporting a Safer Community” with proceeds supporting local campaigns against violence in our community.

More than 200 locals crammed the newly-renovated Civic Centre to enjoy some great food prepared by apprentice chefs competing in the Mango Festival Apprentice Chefs cook-off, accompanied by a musical feast from new local band Miss Behave and the School of Funk. The Mystic Moon Belly Dancers (above) also contributed to the night’s cultural experience.

But the highlight of the night was undoubtedly the floor auction, brilliantly choreographed by auctioneer Raymond Kuceli, one of our newest Rotarians.

Raymond enticed bidders to part with an astonishing $12,400 for the 10 items auctioned, including $7,750 for four postie bikes, camouflaged as works of art by art students from Kimberley Training Institute and St Mary’s College.

Another $5,000 was raised from our silent auction and a raffle, netting us $17,000 to distribute to the five charities supported by the event.

Cheques for $3400 each were delivered to the national White Ribbon Campaign, the Kullari Patrol, Marnja Jarndu Women’s Refuge, Broome Men’s Outreach Service and the local St John Ambulance.

Congratulations to Rotarian Haley Allen and her team  who put countless hours of planning and preparation into this event. Thanks also to everyone who chipped in to help with pre-event preparations on the day, during the night itself and for the clean-up on Sunday morning.

The real credit for the success of our White Ribbon Gala goes to the   many businesses and individuals who supported the event by contributing goods and services for our auctions, raffles and door prizes.

And of course, those who opened their hearts, wallets and purses to bid generously for both our floor and silent auctions made it all work on the night.