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Second School Ball raises over $260,000 to improve early childhood outcomes in Australia

Oh, what a night!

Thanks to the 450 (incredibly stylish and generous) supporters who gathered at the majestic Sydney Town Hall on 10 September, we’re thrilled to report that United Way’s second School Ball was a resounding success!

Featuring fabulous entertainment care of MC Russel Howcroft and wonderful performances by Antigone Foster, Reigan Derry and La Fiesta Sound System, it was an evening of elegance, fine food and fun, with the dancing continuing until the school bell school-reportstruck midnight. United Way Australia’s CEO Kevin Robbie presented highlights from our first ‘School Report’ – including announcing the 100,000th free children’s book milestone and celebrating 25 years of partnership with Fuji Xerox Australia – while stories from parents and children involved in our early childhood initiatives saw the audience fall silent.

Take a glimpse of the glamour this spectacular evening offered with these photos from the night!

Guests walked away with a better understanding of the difference their support makes to the lives of children in communities of disadvantage – children who will now have the opportunity so start school ready to thrive. Some also walked away with incredible auction and raffle prizes, including luxury holidays, dinners, jewellery and even a car!

Digging deep on the night, together our fabulous supporters helped raise more than $260,000, with final donations still being processed – funds which will be used to continue United Way Australia’s vital work to improve early childhood outcomes in communities of disadvantage.

We’d also like to thank our incredible School Ball sponsors and supporters – we couldn’t have done it without you!


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We hope to see you at the next United Way School Ball!



  1. Helen Stell says:

    What a privilege to have attended- as a teacher from a school United Way supports- I am truly grateful to the companies that make such a difference to the lives of our students. Many many thanks!

  2. Janita Suter says:

    So glad you could come on the night Helen – and wonderful to have your perspective in the room. We’re thrilled to be able to continue and expand this work to support children to start school with the skills they need to learn and thrive!


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