COVID-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 virus situation with the need to avoid group gatherings as mandated by Government & in best interest of public health, our Pass the Baton Ball has been adjourned to 5 June 2021 – still at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.  We know it’s a long time to wait but it will be worth it!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Violeta Bozinovski & Christine Naismith

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What a night!

Thanks to all who attended on May 26th 2018 and contributed to make the night a HUGE success! We had over 630 people attending, we have raised over $60,000 and more importantly we recognised and celebrated the heroes who love and care for someone with an eating disorder. We had an amazing moment where anyone in the room who has been impacted by eating disorders stood to the song Hero and there was not a dry eye in the house (to see this moment visit our Facebook Page). This followed an amazing small documentary made by parent with lived experience, Gregg and Sarah Brown. on families impacted by eating disorders. To view this video go to  Kate Carnell AM also inspired with her personal story of having an eating disorder and as a parent of someone with an eating disorder.

Apart from these two elements, the rest of the night was dedicated to good food, good fun with the amazing Fiona O’Loughlin and Adam Rozenbachs, and dancing to an awesome band!

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Everyone waving their batons! Thanks Fiona O’Loughlin for supporting our cause!

The batons we all received – pass them on!

The venue in all its glory

The Melbourne Town Hall

The EDFA Board members scrub up nicely

Thank you for all your hard work- EDFA Gala Ball committee

Sam Newman talking about his connection with a friends daughter with Anorexia Nervosa and how he wanted to support the cause – Thanks Sam!

EDFA Board member telling guests where the idea for the baton came from and why we want them to pass it on

Joe Zapp, Speed portrait artist, at the beginning of the night

Thanks to Adam Rozenbachs for getting us off to a great start

Thanks to our fabulous photographer, Regina Karon, who took these amazing shots all night!

Kate Carnell, inspiring us with her story and also her support for families

EDFA Chair, Gordon Brockway, thanking all our guests, clinicians/services and letting people know what the funds being raised were for!

Fiona O’Loughlin had everyone mesmerised

The live auction was fun and made money!

The Baker Boys band was fabulous all night long

No one could not dance at the end of the night

And the night finished with this


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.


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.

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Fiona O’Loughlin

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 Rozenbachs

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

 Joe Zapp

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.

Keynote speaker

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

The Baker Boys

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!


 If you were unable to attend but would like to donate to EDFA instead please click here