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JRS Winter Solstice Ball
Our Events & Achievements
Where does the money go?
Since 2002 a group of young men and women have worked together to hold the
‘JRS Winter Solstice Ball’.
The 2010 event saw over 500 people attending, the majority of which were between the ages of 20 – 29.
The two main objectives of the ball:
To raise awareness amongst young people (20 – 30 yrs) as to the plight of refugees around the world in order to encourage them to support the cause of assisting forcibly displaced persons; and
To raise money in order to support forcibly displaced persons
For 30 years, JRS has worked in over 55 countries with asylum seekers and refugees crowded in camps and locked in detention centres; with internally displaced persons forcibly displaced from their homes in their own countries; among urban refugees and with all types of people whose dislocation defies categories, but who have been unjustly displaced.
Each year the ‘JRS Winter Solstice Ball’ is held in Sydney during June/July. The key to the night is imparting upon those who support us that every individual can make a difference, whether it is by informing others of the plight of refugees, involving themselves with refugee support groups, or simply buying raffle tickets to win great prizes and support the cause.
Sponsorship of the evening (venue, alcohol, prizes, band, lighting and sound equipment) impacts greatly upon how much of each ticket will be made as a donation.
Each year the JRS Ball invites a Guest of Honour who makes a keynote address relating to social justice. These people have included former Governor-GeneralSir William Deane, former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, Ellen Hansen from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and Vietnamese Refugee and 2005 Young Australian of the Year, Khoa Do. In 2010 our guest speaker was James Atanasious, a former refugee from Sudan. The ball has even gained the attention and support of Bob Geldof (OBE).
The JRS Winter SolsticeCommittee with Bob Geldof (OBE).
The JRS Winter Solstice Committee photo from Sunday Times
To date the JRS Winter Solstice Ball has raised over $258,400. The money raised goes towards supporting both domestic and international projects. In Sydney we continue to support the Shelter Project, which provides assistance to homeless asylum seekers in the community. Our international projects have ranged from providing educational scholarships for young Kenyan refugees to building homes in the tsunami-devastated region of Banda Aceh. Our international project for 2009 helped fund the training of teachers in a refugee camp in Sudan. These teachers will in the future educate children in their own communities.
All donations are welcome. Your support is appreciated via cash, product or service donations:
Alcohol sponsorship: beer, wine and champagne packages.
Raffle / Silent Auction prizes: donations of gifts for the raffle and silent auction are greatly appreciated as they provide JRS with pure profit.
Cash Donations (i.e. $2k, $5k, $10k): all donated monies go directly towards the projects chosen for the year, and also assist with expenses associated with the event, such as venue hire, band hire, photography and audio visual equipment.
Your level of support will reflect the potential returned exposure/benefits for your organisation/brand, including:MC mentions during the night ; logo on media wall ; logo on venue screens ; logo on ball booklet ; logo on social networking site (facebook); mentions during pre-event exposure (i.e. newspaper articles, where applicable), post event review presentation that includes photographs from event with logo displayed.
We are grateful to our supporters over the last 8 years who have kindly donated money and prizes in order to reduce the night’s expenses, allowing the JRS Winter Solstice Ball to raise over $258,400 for our domestic and international projects. With your help we hope to make 2010 our best and most profitable year yet.
Should you be able to offer sponsorship/donations, or require further information
Jeremy Church (JRS Ball Committee Member)
Phone: 0404 489 174
Click here to view the video presentation that
was displayed at the 2009 JRS Winter Solstice Ball: