Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney’s annual Gala Dinner has raised $50,000 for the Touched by Olivia Foundation, which will use the money towards the purchase of a wheelchair accessible carousel to be installed at a playground in Sydney.

Over 110 guests attended the seventh annual Gala and the event and it was attended by the founders of the Touched by Olivia Foundation; John and Justine Perkins, who lost their 8-month-old baby daughter Olivia to a rare illness.

“This is the seventh year that Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney has held the Gala Dinner,” said Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney General Manager, Peter Tudehope.

“It is our major fundraising opportunity and is our way of giving back to the community who support us. This is part of our commitment to a 5-year plan to support organisations or charities associated with children – progressing through various life stages from premature babies (Royal Hospital for Women being the chosen charity last year) through to adolescence.

“We are delighted to be supporting the Touched by Olivia Foundation to help raise awareness and funds to build more inclusive playspaces for children of all abilities,” Tudehope said.

The hotel and their partners donated all of the services for the evening including the food, wines, AV support, entertainment, room design and prizes allowing all of the funds raised to go to the charity. In addition all the staff donated their time to support the event throughout the evening.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management