Charity Event


Starlight’s Sugar Free Me challenge is returning for its second year this November, encouraging Australians around the country to go sugar free for a month to help raise vital funds for Starlight’s hospital services.

Kicking off on 1 November 2019, participants will join a community of thousands pledging to give up sugar for 30 days and raise money to support Starlight’s hospital services including Captain Starlight and Starlight Express Rooms.

Signing up as an individual or part of a group, participants will be helped along the way with access to delicious sugar-free recipes, fundraising tips and rewards to sweeten the challenge.

Every $39 raised during the challenge goes towards brightening the hospital experience for a sick child for an entire year by raising much-needed money to support Starlight’s hospital services including Captain Starlight and Starlight Express Rooms.

To help make a difference in the lives of seriously ill children, go to, register to join the Sugar Free Me challenge and start fundraising.


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Be one of the first to see BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.

The Rotary Club of Rose Bay will be having a charity screening to assist these great charities and there are great prizes available to win on the night.
Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC)
Bondi Beach Cottage
The Friendship Circle
Mum for Mum

Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. 

They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. 

Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and Mike Myers Directed by: Bryan Singer

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: PREVIEW SCREENING  [Facebook Event] presented by Rose Bay Rotary [Facebook] is 25 October 7pm sharp at Ritz Cinema  [Facebook] .  You can see the official trailer for the film here.


Rob McDougall

The stars of the Australian production of Les Misérables will reunite at the Seymour Centre to present EPIPHANIES, a charity concert supporting research into mental illness.   Rob McDougall, Kerrie Anne Greenland (Helpmann Award winner for her portrayal of Éponine in Les Misérables) and Daniel Belle (The Ten Tenors) will delight musical theatre lovers in a three-hour concert. McDougall, Greenland and Belle’s former Les Misérables co-stars Patrice Topoki, Naomi Livingston and Trevor Ashley will join them as they perform a dazzling array of pieces from some of the world’s most loved musicals.

We had the chance to catch up with Rob McDougall to talk about this gala event and the cause it supports.

SAG:   This should be a terrific night of musical theatre for a cause.  I’m wondering about the name … Epiphanies?  Why did you decide on this name?

ROB:  The name Epiphanies came about after weeks of trying to find a title that fit what we were aiming to do. We (myself, Daniel and Kerrie) had a decent set list, and we knew we wanted to raise money for mental health, so we searched for a title that was relevant to both theatre and mental health. Continue reading EPIPHANIES: AN INTERVIEW WITH ROB McDOUGALL


The stars of the Australian production of Les Misérables will reunite at the Seymour Centre to present EPIPHANIES, a charity concert supporting research into mental illness, on 27th October.

Rob McDougall, Kerrie Anne Greenland (Helpmann Award winner) and Daniel Belle (The Ten Tenors) are set to delight musical theatre lovers in a three-hour, world class concert, backed by a stunning 18-piece orchestra.

Together they will perform a dazzling array of pieces from the world’s most loved musicals including Funny Girl, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, The Secret Garden, Anastasia, Chess and Les Misérables.

EPIPHANIES will also feature performances with some of McDougall, Greenland and Belle’s former Les Misérables co-stars including Patrice Topoki (Wicked), Naomi Livingston (Wicked) and Trevor Ashley (The Bodybag).

EPIPHANIES aims to raise funds for research into mental health. Money raised from this concert will go towards Australian Rotary Health’s research grant program, to a study aimed at evaluating the efficacy of treatments for young sufferers of mental illness. EPIPHANIES was previously performed in Tamworth to two sold out houses, which raised $20,000 for mental health research grants.

EPIPHANIES will play two performances at the Seymour Centre on Saturday, 27th October at 2pm and 7:30pm


POWER UP! A games night with food, drinks and prizes is a fun, unique and energizing experience brought to you by UTS Event Management Students to raise funds for The Two Wolves Abroad.

Spend your Friday night filled with excitement and fun at Power Up! Charity Game Night.  Ticket includes a complimentary drink from the bar! (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available)

Two Wolves Abroad is an initiative of The Cardoner Project – a not-for-profit, student-focused hub for volunteering.

The charity seeks to serve communities through ‘immersions’. Immersion programmes offer volunteers 2-3 week experiences of cultural exposure and hard work. 

They receive hospitality from those who are materially poor, yet spiritually rich.

POWERUP!  is October 5, 2018 6.30 -10pm. The Two Wolves: Community Cantina at 202 Broadway, Sydney NSW 2008.


Created by a group of event students at the University of Technology Sydney is October’s newest charity event to hit Sydney, known as The Wishful Quest in support of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

All of our profits will be donated and presented at Radiothon, where it will be doubled by the hospital’s major sponsors! By contributing to our event you are giving us the opportunity to host an amazing event that will ultimately maximise the overall donation to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. With your help, together we can transform the lives of sick children, giving them a chance to enjoy their childhood and live life to the fullest! Together we can help fulfill their wishes!

The night will include canapés, trivia and a raffle with amazing prizes up for grabs. Each ticket also includes a complimentary drink on arrival.

THE WISHFUL QUEST CHARITY  DINNER [Facebook]  is Friday 5 October 2018 from 7pm to 11pm.  Tickets here.



I AM A GIRL is a feature-length film about courage and determination and takes us on a journey to meet six young women from six different countries. As they come of age they paint a picture of what it means to grow up female in their world today; how their culture dictates their lives. See their remarkable heart-warming stories of resilience, bravery and humour.

Come along and see this incredible movie and help to raise enough funds to Rescue a Child on Anti Slavery Day. There will also be a raffle running where you can win some great prizes.

More information about the ‘I AM A GIRL‘ FUNDRAISER from Destiny Rescue [Facebook]  18th of October 6.30pm at the Facebook Events page and tickets at Eventbrite.


Presented by Jenny Morris, ART OF MUSIC is a unique and dynamic event combining both visual arts and music. A group of prominent contemporary visual artists come together to create an original artwork exhibition. Each artist chooses an iconic song to inspire a piece of artwork which is then auctioned during a gala dinner in the spectacular Grand Court of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

2018 artists presenting works for auction are: Ben Quilty, Guy Maestri, Holly Greenwood, Joshua Yeldham, Laura Jones, Leila Jeffreys, Lucy Culliton, Luke Sciberras, Nicholas Harding, Yvette Coppersmith.  Performers include Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors), Ainslie Wills & Julia Jacklin.

All proceeds go to Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy [Facebook]  who transform lives through music.  You can see more on YouTube.

ART OF MUSIC  [Facebook] is one night only, Saturday 23 June 2018. 6.30pm at Grand Court, Art Gallery of NSW.   Ticket includes: exhibition viewing/cocktail party, gala dinner and artwork auction. View the artworks here.


From WASTED. Forum Theatre Community perfromance 2016. Photo by Patrick Boland.

Backers Box is a method of helping the wonderful work of Milk Crate Theatre.  By joining  Backers Box you will be directly supporting people  to contribute ideas, share stories, and engage in creative expression within a safe and supported environment.

Milk Crate  is looking for twelve amazing supporters to form their new initiative – Backers Box – each donating $2,000 per annum for the next three exciting years of Milk Crate Theatre’s growth. Every step of the way contributors will be kept up to date and hear of the successes – and encouraged to join Milk Crate to experience all the fun and amazing creativity of their  community.  Continue reading BACKERS BOX – HELP SUPPORT MILK CRATE THEATRE


Featured image: Composer Elena Kats Chernin and Flautist Sally Walker (Photo by Steven Godbee)

CONTRASTS is this year’s annual MUSICUS MEDICUS charity fundraiser from the NSW Doctors Orchestra. [YouTube]

Over 80 doctors and medical students from throughout NSW will make music for a cause under the baton of Dr David Banney, winner of the 1995 ABC-Westfield Australian Young Conductor of the Year Award.  The event to be held at The Concourse on Sunday 20 May 2018, 2:30pm. Continue reading CONTRASTS – NSW DOCTORS ORCHESTRA


Rotary Rose Bay are organising a lovely afternoon concert with the Sydney Welsh Choir in the beautiful St Mary Magdalene church at 835 New South Head Road Rose Bay.

The Sydney Welsh Choir has 80 members, male and female, drawn from all parts of the greater Sydney area. Since 1978 they have been responsible for putting the Wales into NSW. Not all choir members were born in Wales; some have Welsh family links while others simply like the music and the great atmosphere. Since 1990 the choir has made six trips to Wales and parts of Europe, and tour around NSW and interstate.

DATE:  Sunday 6 May 2018. Starting at 2 pm (sharp) till 4:30 pm at St Mary Magdalene Church , 835 New South Head Road, Rose Bay.

More information at Rose Bay Rotary [Facebook] and for information about the Sydney Welsh Choir see their website  [Facebook]. Tickets $20 with all proceeds to local charities – email for tickets.