Steven Ocholo is one of the orphans at the Uganda orphanage. A fundraiser to help the orphanage will be held in Byron Bay on October 9.
Steven Ocholo is one of the orphans at the Uganda orphanage. A fundraiser to help the orphanage will be held in Byron Bay on October 9.

Byron fundraiser for orphanage

It’s set to be one of the biggest events on Byron Bay’s social calendar, so get out the ‘glad rags’ and book your ticket to a fundraising dinner on Saturday, October 9.


The ‘Orphans in Crisis African Gala Dinner’ will be held at The Deck at Byron at the Byron Bay Golf Club.


Organised by Joanne Heath, the event, will raise money for an orphanage in Uganda through the Hervey Bay-based Forgot Me Not Children’s Home Charitable organisation.


A trip to Uganda two years ago to help a friend at an orphanage just outside the capital of Kampala opened Joanne’s eyes to the daily misery of the 39 children living there.


Joanne said it was heartbreaking to see the children, who had ensured so much in their short lives.


“They don’t have enough food to eat or a bed to sleep in, and diarrhoea, fever and scabies is common,” she said.


The gala dinner will feature a host of entertainment and the MC will be actor and comedian Rhys Muldoon.


There will also be traditional African music and Sydney DJ Shimon will entertain.


A silent auction of items and services will also be held as well as a major raffle.


Auction


Joanne said that some amazing prizes had been donated for the auction including an 18ct golf necklace featuring a South Sea pearl, diamond and ruby and a hot air balloon flight with a champagne breakfast for two.


Joanne said the immediate aim was to get the 39 children out of what was a ‘crisis’ situation by providing food, clothing, proper shelter, medical care and education.


“Be a part of this special event and wondefuol thin gs are sure to happen when compasison and communtiy come together,” she said.


Tickets are $140 each with a minimum of $60 from each ticket going to help the orphanage.


Tickets for the dinner are available at The Deck at Byron, Byron Shire News office in Jonson Street and Ho’okupuu Surf and Art Gallery in Lawson Street, Byron Bay.


People who want to make a donation for the silent auction can phone Joanne on 0466604154.


“It’s going to be a great night and we are raising money for a good cause,” Joanne said.
 


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