2015 Long Lunch
Kerr & Ladbrook | True Colours
Tuesday 3 November 2015
Hundreds of people celebrated the Melbourne Cup in wonderful fashion as part of the Long Lunch 2015, held at The Atrium, Wintec.
“The day is a wonderful example of the generosity that exists in our community”, says Long Lunch coordinator Sarah Rawcliffe. “Through the contribution of so many businesses and individuals we are able to deliver a first class event and raise much needed funds for True Colours.” Kerr & Ladbrook the principal sponsor of the day; served up an impressive three course lunch for the 344 guests. Long term supporters of the event, Kerr & Ladbrook gave the crowd a taste of what’s to come at their new restaurant Ember that has just recently opened.
MC Urzila Carlson with her natural, cheeky style had the crowd in stitches, and was a definite highlight of the day. The crowd were also entertained by local band Hair of the Dog, and Dynamica Violin Duo. A father’s perspective was given by Paul Grant, offering the audience an insight into what it’s like to have a sick child and the effect that it has on the people around them. “While people are here to enjoy a fabulous day, it’s also important that they have an understanding of True Colours, why we exist and the work that we do” says Cynthia Ward, True Colours CEO.
This year a record $91,624 was raised from the day, a great result for the community funded organisation. The record tally was helped by a $20,000 bid for the main auction prize of the day, Neil and Tim Finn playing live in someone’s home. “It was an amazing result, and we were thrilled to see someone bid that much for the incredibly generous gift by the Finn brothers”, said Cynthia. “There were definitely a few misty eyes in the room, when the hammer went down on the item, as we know how much that money can assist us to help people that really need it.”
While there are too many people to thank, True Colours would like to make special mention to their main sponsors, Kerr & Ladbrook, Blakes Hire Company, Good George, Wintec, Striped Tree Productions, HGB, Westpac, CMYK, Petal Passion, Lugtons and the Breeze.
The Long Lunch will be back again next year. If you would like to attend, make sure you follow True Colours on Facebook for updates on ticket sales.