Wednesday 18th October 2017
Sanctuary Northern Rivers: Working for refugees worldwide.

Safari Gala Dinner 2016


The Sanctuary Gala Dinner will celebrate everything Safari in a Fundraising Dinner for refugees. Attendees will be immersed and united in a delightful journey of natural wonder, fun, fabulous food and live entertainment.

The dinner is run by local not-for-profit organisation Sanctuary Northern Rivers who assists off-shore refugees to come to Australia under the Governments Humanitarian Settlement program. Through hosting the dinner Sanctuary hopes to not only promote awareness about the plight of refugees within the community but to also provide vital assistance for ongoing settlement.

The Safari Gala dinner will be held on Saturday October the 15th at 6.30pm. The venue is The Grace Centre, Summerland Christian College, Pineapple Road Goonellabah.

“It has been such an honour for me to engage with our new friends who have settled in this area.  The acceptance and sense of home that our community has offered to our resettled friends is simply amazing and a true gift of the heart” said Ian Phillips, Vice President of Sanctuary Northern Rivers.

Attendees at the dinner can expect a wonderful night where they will be both entertained and educated.

Ajak KwaiIcon of Australian Sudanese music Ajak Kwai will be performing throughout the dinner. In 2014 Ajak was awarded the Afican-Australia Community of the year and has just released her 3rd album entitled “Of Cows, Women and War.” Her performances are filled with vibrant sounds and her distinctive voice has mesmerised audiences nationally and internationally. She will also speak on the night of her extraordinary experiences as a refugee, exiled from her home and family.

“I feel incredibly privileged through my involvement with Sanctuary to be able to interact, assist and also learn from such beautiful and strong people” said Ian

There will also be a key note address by Lismore based Mieke Bell who will inspire by speaking about her own experiences and involvement with welcoming new community members.

The night will also involve a silent auction and other great fundraising activities.

All monies raised through the Gala Dinner will facilitate resettlement of refugees and the ongoing support for our new community members.

An event flyer for you to print can be downloaded pdfhere.

Event Date Sat 15th Oct 2016 6:30 pm
Capacity 120
Individual Price $45.00
The Grace Centre - Summerland Christian College
Pineapple Road
The Grace Centre - Summerland Christian College
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Major Sponsors

  • Caroline McKay

    Caroline McKay has donated a Painting to the Sanctuary 2016 Gala Safari Dinner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Read More
  • Lismore Lantern Parade

    Lismore Lantern Parade are delighted to provide some lanterns for the Sanctuary Event. These will form part of the backdrop for the Gala event. Lanterns: • Lion • Giraffe • Zebra • Hippo • Baby elephant which is being made at the moment for the Western Plains Zoo and just Read More
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Auction Items

  • Quick fold Clothes stand +

    Ballina Camping and Disposals have donate a Quick fold Clothes stand to the auction valued at $49.95 Address: 207 River St, Ballina NSW 2478 Phone: (02) 6686 8622 Read More
  • 2 show tickets from NORPA +

    NORPA has donated 2 show tickets for auction at the Sanctuary 2016 Gala Safari Dinner Read More
  • Intraceuticals Products worth $89 +

    Allure Skin, Beauty and Nails has donated a package of Intraceuticals Products worth $89 to the Sanctuary 2016 Gala Safari Dinner Read More
  • Complete House Wash Down +

    Aquajet Pressure clean has donated a "House wash down" valued at approx $700, to be auctioned at the Sanctuary 2016 Gala Safari Dinner Ph: 0418369328 Read More
  • 2x Writers Festival tickets +

    Valued at approx $260 The Byron Writers Festival has donated 2x Writers Festival tickets valued at approx $260, to be auctioned at the Sanctuary 2016 Gala Safari Dinner Read More
  • Initial Australian visa or citizenship consultation +

    Visa Assist Australia are offering an initial Australian visa or citizenship consultation with a Registered Migration Agent or Solicitor, valued at $330.00. This item may be bought for another person. Read More
  • Health foods Hamper +

    a Health foods Hamper donated by Go Vita Ballina for our auction. Read More
  • 2 nights Country Cottage stay in Nashua +

    Michael and Jayne Douglas have donated2 nights Country Cottage stay in Nashua for our auction. Read More
  • Dartboard +

    a Dartboard has been donated by NPC Amusements in Lismore for our auction. Read More
  • Christmas Hamper +

    A Christmas Hamper valued at $40 has been donated by Big W Ballina for our auction Read More
  • Winsome Painting by Cathy Allen +

    Cathy Allen has donated this painting to Sanctuary 2016 Gala Safari Dinner. Its value is approximately $500. Read More
  • $50 Restaurant Voucher +

    A $50 gift voucher has been donated for auction by The Bank cafe in lismore 67 Molesworth St, Lismore Ph 66226100 Read More
  • 2 nights stay @ Ramada Ballina +

    A prize voucher for 2 nights stay in a one bedroom suite. Valued at $470.00 Ramada Hotel & Suites Ballina 2 Martin Street, Ballina, NSW, 2478, Australia Ph: 1800 826 Read More
  • Painting by Christine Wilcocks +

    Christine Wilcocks, of Byron school of Art has donated an Artwork to the Sanctuary 2016 Gala Safari Dinner Read More
  • Show Prijector +

    Donated second hand e-conference tool - value new approx $400. Prijector Model PR -N101+ One Appliance for Your Entire Conference and Meeting Room. 1. Wireless Screen Sharing - Full Screen Mirroring From Read More
  • 5 Music Lessons +

    Northern Rivers Conservatorium has donated 5 Music Lessons valued at approx $150 to Sanctuary 2016 Gala Safari Dinner Read More
  • 2x Trays of Blueberries +

    Mountain Blue Farms has donated 2x Trays of Mountain Blue Blueberries (16 punnets in each) Each punnet usually retails for $5.40 at Coles, and is part of the programme where Read More
  • 2 nights Air BnB apartment Lismore +

    Ian & Theane Ratcliffe have donated 2 night's accommodation in their Air BnB apartment in Lismore for our auction. Read More
  • $20 Voucher @ Landy's Bulk and Wholefoods +

    Landy's Bulk and Wholefoods has donated a $20 Voucher to Sanctuary 2016 Gala Safari Dinner Read More
  • Painting by Caroline McKay +

    Caroline McKay has donated a painting to the Sanctuary 2016 Gala Safari Dinner Read More
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If you would like to donate funds to this event, please use the Give Now website for credit card donations, and you can leave a comment if you are eg supporting someone else to attend on the night. If you would like to send money by direct credit to our account, please use these details BSB: 728728 / Account: 25806710 / Account Name: Sanctuary Northern Rivers / Use your name, as the identifier on the payment, and also send an email with your details to, so that we know who the donation came from and it's purpose. Unfortunately we do not know who money comes from if it just lands in our account, thus the importance of the email as well.


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