Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney presents its fundraising cheque to The Smith Family.
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney presents its fundraising cheque to The Smith Family.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney has chalked up another successful night at its 9th Annual Gala night, held on the 13th of September 2019.

Held at The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney in the prestigious Marble Room, the event was hosted by MC Gareth McCray OAM – widely known for his work on Sydney radio stations – and featured musical performances from Debora Krizak and classical string musicians, Anastasia and Sebastien Hibbard.

The evening raised $46,647 for The Smith Family, with the money contributing to its sponsorship programs, where young disadvantaged Australian kids receive educational support including tutoring, school supplies and support coaching. The funds raised are sufficient to fully support the educational costs of 75 children for one year.

The Smith Family is a fully supportive charity based in Sydney, aiding disadvantaged children and families to help break the poverty cycle. With one in six Australian children and young people growing up in poverty, it is essential this cycle of disadvantage is broken through the improvement of education in young people.

All services from the evening from the hotel, its staff and partners across food, beverages, AV support, entertainment, room design and prizes were donated, allowing all the funds raised to go to the charity. In addition, 45 staff members donated their time after hours to support the event throughout the evening.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney General Manager, Peter Tudehope, said the annual gala is the hotel’s major fundraising opportunity and opportunity to give back to the community.

“This is part of our commitment to a 5-year plan to support organisations or charities associated with children – and provide disadvantaged children with the education they need to achieve their full potential.

“The Smith Family supports 42,841 students across Australia in 94 disadvantaged communities, with 174,823 students requiring support in 2018. We are delighted to be supporting The Smith Family to help improve the quality of life and break the poverty cycle in Australia, by improving education and intervening early.”

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management