HERE COMES THE SUN – An evening of community, support for GIANT STEPS, and a celebration of the school’s 25th Anniversary.
Saint Cloche was honoured and proud to be able to open our doors to host a very special community fundraising dinner for GIANT STEPS School.
GIANT STEPS was established to bring world’s best practice in the treatment and education of children with autism to Australia. Their approach is designed to provide each child or young adult with the opportunity to reach their full potential while giving families much need support and guidance. They have a school in Sydney and Melbourne, and they have an important policy – they do not turn away any child in need.
As a result of Covid-19, many of the school’s upcoming fundraising events for 2020 had been cancelled including their Annual Charity Ball – and this year they were to celebrate their Silver Anniversary.
The parents and schools came up with a great alternative idea – The Giant Dinner 2020. Taking place on Saturday 24th October the Giant Dinner involved a number of parents hosting their own mini-fundraising dinner parties for approximately 20 guests at a number of different locations – adhering to Covid regulations of course. A raffle was held, along with a Silent Auction.
Fellow resident of Paddington, Angela Briggs and her son Thomas, who attends GIANT STEPS SCHOOL in Sydney, walk past Saint Cloche gallery most days and they often stop to admire the exhibitions.
When Angela approached Kitty Clark, Founder of Saint Cloche to host her dinner party event at the gallery, Kitty and her team were more than happy to help. Community spirit has always been a big part of the ethos of Saint Cloche and Angela and Thomas have become firm friends.
A beautiful and spectacular evening brought together a diverse group of guests with a common purpose – to raise awareness and donations for GIANT STEPS school. Parents hosting dinner parties across Sydney, raised a whopping $68K on the night!
If you would like to make a tax-deductable donation to Giant Steps, you can do so here: giantsteps.grassrootz.com
Paintings: Dale Rhodes
Food by Tracey Wilmar
Flowers by BESS
Photography by Olivia Rapaci