Raising the Bar: Gold Dinner 2024 Sets New Standards in Philanthropy

02 May 2024

Gold Dinner is one of Australia’s most eagerly anticipated annual charity galas, and last night was a sensational reminder of why.      

Hosted by the dynamic duo, Sunrise's Matt Shirvington and Natalie Barr, the event was a star-studded affair with community members, celebrities, and philanthropists, including Monika Tu, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull AC and Lucy Turnbull AO, Ndaba Mandela, NSW Minister for Health Ryan Park MP, Emma Watkins, Ray Hadley, Gus Worland, Phillip Lowe, Matt Comyn and Tom Waterhouse gracing the occasion. 

The venue came alive with the glint of gold, echoing the sun's decadence and illuminating the space in a warm, golden glow and the atmosphere was electric with performances from RISE Performance and the Multi-ARIA-Award winner Tones and I. 

But beyond the glitz and glamour, what truly shone was the unwavering support and generosity of our Movement of Many.  

Through the incredible dedication and generosity of everyone in the room, we achieved something truly remarkable: a staggering $33.4 million raised for sick kids. This included a $10.5 million gift from Kids with Cancer Foundation (KWCF) to fund the new Cancer Centre for Children at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and support the Oncology Family Spaces at the new Minderoo Children's Comprehensive Cancer Centre at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick. This incredibly generous gift is one of the largest gifts received by SCHF to date and the largest gift given by KWCF in its history. 

After last year’s record-setting Gold Dinner - which raised $19.2M to create the Kookaburra Centre at Westmead for sick kids with complex and intensive needs - we set a goal to raise $75M for the redevelopment of Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.  

For the past year we have been working on this $75M redevelopment campaign - and with the generous support of Gold Dinner guests, we broke through the finish line, raising the final $20M, giving sick kids the amazing gift of the best possible clinical care and patient experience in world-leading buildings.  

Over the past three decades, staff across Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead have collectively saved many young lives, made medical world-firsts, innovative research breakthroughs and advancements in diagnosis, treatment and care.    

Thanks to the incredible generosity at Gold Dinner last night, we now have the opportunity to elevate children’s healthcare even further and make a once-in-a-generation transformation a reality.   

Spanning Sydney, from the east to the west, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network are building two world-leading paediatric health hubs. Building innovative care, delivering Australian-first health services and equipment. Building a future for our children.    

It won’t just be a hospital. It will be a place of learning and collaboration, a place of research and translational care for more breakthroughs, turning points and world-firsts. A place of excellence to go all in for kids’ health.  

We are forever grateful to our presenting partner Shaw and Partners Financial Services, ABC Bullion, Bulgari, Bollinger, BNT Management, our fantastic hosts Matt Shirvington and Natalie Barr, our indispensable Gold Dinner Committee led by Joshua and Linda Penn, including James Auswild, Alina Barlow, Sophie Curtis, Alessandra Eddy, Katie Evans, Benita Kam, Bernadette Nassif, Kristy Nassif Elias, Kannon Rajah, Bryce Sceresini, Nicholas Smart, Monika Tu, and all our generous gift-in-kind donors who played an integral role in pulling this event together. 

Thanks to your support, we have the power to make transformative change for all sick kids - today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

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