Our first patron was Lord Alistair McAlpine, and his Perth home, Bishop’s House, was the lovely venue for our first fundraiser in 1988 where we raise $10,000. Since then, between events, donations and safaris, we have raised more than $7,000,000. The vast majority being used to preserve Zimbabwe’s rhinos, many of whom would by now have been poached had it not been for our intervention with vital anti-poaching resources.
SARFs Annual Gala Dinner 2015
Our 2015 gala dinner was once again held at the Perth Hyatt Regency and the key note speaker was the hottest property in town, David Pocock. Nicholas had secured David as a patron of SARF in 2013 and had booked him in several months previously for this dinner, not realising that it was the world cup! David was literally straight off the pitch of the Rugby World Cup final and at our dinner. He had been in every newspaper and on every TV for the past few weeks, and now he was at our dinner, passionately supporting SARF. We didn’t have one seat spare, and not only did we have a full house we also had two film crews present, Today Tonight from Channel 7 and the ABC, who were covering the whole event for Australian Story.
After an excellent meal and an entertaining auction courtesy of Tiny Holly who shared Nicholas’ ability of making you part with your money, the room fell silent to listen to the star attraction, the world’s greatest rugby player, David Pocock. After leaving the stage David provided a meet and greet opportunity for people in the room. We don’t know how many items he autographed. David and his wife Emma made a great team; with Emma would hold shirts while David would do the signing. When the money was counted and the donations added up the grand total for the night was an amazing $170,000
Grand Total raised: $170,000
SARF Annual Gala Dinner 2014
We had a wonderful evening with our four celebrity AFL stars, Dean, Luke, Matt and Tendai, who were sensational. They generously gave of their time and energy to all our guests who spoke to them. Thanks guys, and how honoured we were to have such nice young men as our special guests. As usual, Tim Gossage was outstanding with the panel show and kept things interesting and action packed. We are very lucky to have him as an annual supporter. We had lots of first time attendees at this event, thanks for coming along and hope you had a good time and will return. We raised a grand total of $160,445, which is a record amount for one of our dinner/auctions so thanks to all involved. This was the first gala where we promoted our Rhino Ranger Support Scheme, which received a lot of support on the night. We were absolutely delighted to welcome 35 new members to our group on the nights.
Grand Total raised: $160,000
2013 Gala ‘Ashes’ Dinner with David Gower
We have lost count of the number of SARF events David Gower has support since he became one of our patrons in 1993, and we were delighted to have him back with us for our 2013 Gala. Thank you David for being such a wonderfully gracious, entertaining guest speaker and patron for the past 20 years. There were 452 members and guests in attendance at the Hyatt. Of the 44 tables of ten, a whopping 26 were hosted by our members, an enormous effort – thanks so much. The event raised a total of $153,000, our best ever result to-date. Thank you everybody for the part you played.
Grand Total raised: $153,000