Dine for Life 2012

Last night a large crowd braved the stormy Perth weather for the much anticipated annual Dine for Life evening.  Guests enjoyed dinner at multiple locations around Perth including Nobu, Rockpool, Bistro Guillaume, 1907, Petit Mort, Beluga and many other restaurants.  An after party was held at Print Hall where guests were treated to cocktails and heard more about this years chosen charity SISHA, an organisation that is dedicated to providing justice and hope for men, women and children who have been subjected to exploitation in South East Asia.

L-R: Aurelio Costarella, Liam Baxter, me and Dine for Life co-founder Andjelka Matic

Among the supporters of Dine for Life and SISHA was designer Aurelio Costarella who generously donated a $500 gift voucher to his store for one lucky guest.  Students from Perth College also donated their time to welcome guests to Dine for Life and to explain more about SISHA and their own involvement with the charity.  It was really wonderful to see so many people contributing and giving back for such an important cause.

My hubby and I

After party at Print Hall

Founder of SISHA Steve Morrish gave a powerful and confronting speech and showed a video explaining the very harsh reality for some people in South East Asia, including truly tragic stories of child trafficking and exploitation.  Steve explained how a 15 year old girl recently went missing and her body was found dumped.  She’s one of only 60 cases this year alone. When Jill Meagher tragically died and disappeared back in September, there was an outpouring of grief and support around Australia making a stand against violence against women.  Steve asked who will give hope, support and justice for these people in South East Asia. The answer was a room full of people at Print Hall last night who do care and do want to make a difference.

My hubby Basil Zempilas was honoured to be the MC for the evening

Natasha Di Ciano and Andjelka Matic

Founders of Dine for Life Natasha Di Ciano and Andjelka Matic felt so passionately about SISHA they boarded a plane to see first hand the work that was being done and committed to hosting a Dine For Life dinner with all proceeds going to SISHA.

Last night, after eight months of hard work, an incredible $35,000 was raised for SISHA to continue to provide justice and hope for people who are otherwise forgotten, living in poverty and without hope.

A massive congratulations to the Dine for Life team and everyone who contributed their time and money to make last night a huge success! You’ve shown us all how we can give back and make a contribution.

You can make a difference too! Make a donation to SISHA here.

A x x

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