The By Your Side Gala Ball raises over $150,000 for Suwa Arana

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By Your Side Gala Ball Team of Lak Saviya Foundation Inc Australia

What A Great Night!  The By Your Side gala ball patronage by Lak Saviya Foundation was held on the 25th of June 2022.

An event belonging to the guests, the sponsors and the donors…

The primary objective of the event was to raise funds for Suwa Arana Project (PROJECT INFO | ByYourSideGalaBall22) of Indira Cancer Trust in Sri Lanka. The funds raised will partly fund the construction of the first Paediatric Palliative Care Centre in Sri Lanka, allowing special end of life care for children with cancer, within which the whole family can be together during this exceedingly difficult time. The construction of the centre is well under way and is expected to be completed by September/October 2023.

This sold-out event, comprised of 350 guests, showcased the generous nature and giving spirit of the wonderful community in which, we live in. The gala ball was deemed a huge success. The accolades and appreciative comments received from the guests, during the night and afterwards, are a testament to a great event.

The warmth and cosiness inside the Grand Ballroom of The Epping Club offered an inviting ambiance for the guests.  The three-course dinner and drinks ensured that everyone enjoyed the night while contributing towards a well-worthy cause.

The live band, Brown Sugar, and DJ Sebb kept the guests moving on the dance floor throughout the night, with their excellent performance and wide repertoire.

From an overall fundraising perspective, the initiative was incredibly fruitful. The net amount of over $150,000 (SLR 37 Million) raised far exceeded the initial target of $80,000, thanks to the very charitable sponsors, donors and guests who purchased cricket memorabilia and holiday packages from the auction.

A very special gratitude to Dr Sam Prince founder of Prince Group for choosing to be the platinum sponsor of the event by contributing $70,000. In recognition of this substantial sponsorship, one of the floors of the centre will be named under the Prince Group and the Suwa Arana Project Management Team has invited the Prince Group to be in their Board. An additional $38,000 sponsorship was chipped in by three Gold Sponsors Castle Group, Diligent Care and Louis Carr together with Silver sponsors QSEC Procurement, Fianchetto Pty Limited, Jade Pools and Asanga.

We extend our sincere appreciation to all guests, sponsors and donors for joining us, and would like to offer a big, heartfelt “Thank You” to all.

“You can make a difference – Together we can make it happen”

By Your Side Gala Ball Team of Lak Saviya Foundation Inc Australia

Here are the glamorous photos of the event from Roy’s eyes.