The PR Hub A Home For Every Child Gala Dinner
On Friday 23 November Adopt Change, with major sponsor, Hancock Propsecting, held a black tie, fundraising dinner at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney, as part of National Adoption Awareness Month. The event, titled, A Home For Every Child Gala, was part of a month long campaign being run by Adopt Change, to show the solidarity of Australians who want to ensure all children have access to a safe, nurturing and permanent home.
The event was hosted by Adopt Change ambassador, Sandra Sully, and featured performances from The London Essentials and 2014 NT Australian of the year, Shellie Morris. Guests at the event included Mrs Gina Rinehart, the Hon. Pru Goward, NSW Minister for Family & Community Services, Fox Sports presenter Louise Ransome, former AFL player Brad Murphy, the ‘Bearded Baker’ Ameer El-issa, Daniella Boutros, Helen McCabe and former NSW opposition leader Kerry Chikarovski.
National Adoption Awareness Week (NAAW), which was founded by Deborra-lee Furness in 2008, has become an annual event each November. In 2018 it has evolved from a week to a month, with Adopt Change inviting all Australians to turn November into ‘Yes-vember’, and say ‘yes’ to #AHomeForEveryChild, ensuring the rights of children are put first and all children have access to a safe, nurturing and permanent home.
During the month, Adopt Change were asking people to post their #AHomeForEveryChild cap photos to social media, with supporters ranging from local politicians through to ambassadors and international celebrities, including founder and patron Deborra-lee Furness, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Nicole Warne and Andy Lee.
There are close to 50,000 Australian children living in out of home care in Australia, many for two years or more. This is enough children to fill most Australian sporting stadiums, including the Sydney Cricket Ground. These children often move multiple times, and for an average of 12.5 years before ageing out of the system at eighteen. In 2017, only 315 children were adopted, less than 1% of those requiring a permanent home.