Where the funds are going …
EDFA has been established by a group of parents who have cared for a loved one with an eating disorder. We have seen firsthand how difficult it is for someone to recover from such a pervasive and deadly illness on their own. Families and carers can make this journey less traumatic with less likelihood of a relapse. But they need support, skills & resources.
The ‘Pass The Baton’ Ball is raising funds for five key initiatives: –
- Developing and disseminating ‘critical information packages’ to families and carers from day one, on diagnosis.
- ‘Specific scenario packages’ for families and carers (such as hospital admission, chronic eating disorders, medical emergencies).
- Expert training programs for families and carers to facilitate local support groups.
- Scholarships for families & carers experiencing financial hardship and/or geographic challenges, to attend educational events.
- `Fun Days’ for siblings and affected others.
Details of the night
Where: The Grand Ballroom, Melbourne Town Hall
Dress code: Cocktail/Lounge Suit
Start Time: 6.30pm
Finish Time: 12.30pm
Parking: We have partnered with Secure Parking to offer our guests a discounted rate of just $5 for weekend parking at Southern Cross Car Park (an 8 minute walk to the Melbourne Town Hall) and 300 Flinders Street Car Park (a 9 minute walk to the Melbourne Town Hall). Please check opening hours on Secure Parking’s website below.
PRE-BOOK your parking now https://secureaspot.secureparking.com.au/ . At the end of your booking process, enter promo code: EDFA. Parking must be booked online and paid for at least 30 mins BEFORE arriving at the car park.”
- Southern Cross Car Park (https://secureaspot.secureparking.com.au/booknow?cpn=389389&promo=EDFA)
- 300 Flinders Street Car Park (https://secureaspot.secureparking.com.au/booknow?cpn=800560&promo=EDFA)
Accomodation: **LIMITED SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OFFER **
Why not make a weekend of it!!! Come and indulge in the beautiful city of Melbourne…..
Should you require accommodation on the evening of the 26th May, The Langham Melbourne have offered Ball attendees a heavily discounted rate of $280 for their Superior Room. The Langham Melbourne is a 5-star Classically Elegant Hotel overlooking the Yarra River. An 11 minutes walk, tram or taxi ride from the Melbourne Town Hall, The Langham Melbourne is situated at One Southgate Avenue, Southbank.
When making your booking please quote Group Code: EAT26MAY.
Reservations can be made by either calling the Reservations Team on 1800 858 662 or by completing and returning the Accommodation Book Direct Form below. The completed Form can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to +61 3 8696 8110.
This is a ‘first in best dressed’ offer so please be quick to secure your accommodation.
MC – Michael Pope
The year 2017 saw Michael reach 35 years in the television and corporate worlds, and over that time, there isn’t much he hasn’t done. Whether it’s warming up the crowd of a TV show: The Footy Show, Millionaire, Mad as Hell and many more – or MCing a black-tie dinner for a company’s Award night, or facilitating a conference – Michael has the unique ability of turning a crowd into an Audience.
To find out more…go to www.michaelpope.com.au
Fresh out of the jungle winning “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Australia” and off the back of her upcoming Melbourne International Comedy Festival Show “Gap Year”, we are beyond excited to have Fiona entertaining us on the night. Fiona is one of Australia’s most beloved comedians. As a mother of 5, Fiona got into comedy later than normal but that didn’t stop her from reaching success. Her hilariously true insights into parenthood made her relatable to all audiences and saw her popularity soar.
As a speaker and comedian, Fiona O’Loughlin is highly sought after and her connection with her audience leaves them feeling entertained even after she has finished her presentation
Adam is a regular of the Melbourne stand-up comedy circuit, performs around Australia, and supported Dave Hughes and Adam Hills on national tours. He has also become a regular on Spicks & Specks, as well as appearing on Dave Hughes’ Handy DVD, Mick Molloy’s The Nation, Rove [live], The Comedy Channel’s Stand Up Australia and Headliners, 9AM with David & Kim and ABC1’s Sunday Arts. Adam has performed ten highly successful Melbourne International Comedy Festival Shows: For more information go to www.rozie.com.au
Joe Zapp’s drive is what then lead him to an entertainment platform very few Artist’s ever experience. A live audience whilst he creates a portrait before their very eyes. His ability to capture an amazing likeness of the subject and adding the subject in action offers an exceptional original every time. What’s even more amazing is the speed at which he paints, this incredible ability is the reason he is considered the best speed artist in Australia. When asked how he does it, he simply say’s ‘I see it and it just happens.’ True to his word time and time again this is exactly how it is. So much wisdom coupled with an extraordinary talent he takes all before him on an amazing journey as they witness at the start of the events he has attended nothing more than a blank canvas and over the next hour Joe Zapp goes to work with his exceptional talent transforming it into a masterpiece.
Kate Carnell AO is a leading Australian business administrator and politician who has worked as Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory and CEO of beyondblue for two years involving advocacy and community awareness for depression and related conditions. She has a childhood experience of Anorexia Nervosa. Kate will speak about her personal experience as a sufferer and survivor of anorexia and how the role of family is critical in the care of someone with an eating disorder.
Her current role is the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO). Prior to her appointment as the inaugural ASBFEO, Kate held the position of CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which represents more than 300,000 businesses across Australia. She has also served four years as CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, four years as CEO of the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN) and three years as CEO of the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI).
Kate is a pharmacist by profession and was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the first female to become the National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Kate was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to the community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology.
Music and dancing
Baker Boys Band has been getting parties started with great music for a long time, and their experience and professionalism shows in the music they play and their ability to draw people onto the dance floor who swear they ‘never dance’. Not only does their choice of music set the tone for an event it also gets the party started and keeps the celebration going. Featuring a 7 piece band for the “Pass The Baton” Ball, with a repertoire ranging from the classics to the latest hits, you will have time of your life showing off your latest dance moves!
We have well over 50 auction items for the night, including holidays, weekends away, sports memorabilia, outdoor shower, security system, tickets to events and TV shows, dinners, and much much more. All of these will be auctioned on teh night either via a small live auction and a silent auction.
We have 2 items for online auction prior to the night – 2 QMS Digital Billboard advertising packages. to find out more and bid on them, click here