In commemoration of World AIDS Day, Bobby Goldsmith Foundation is pleased to partner with Queer Screen - Mardi Gras Film Festival to present three charity screenings of Desert Migration (links below).
Each screening commences at 5:45pm for pre-show drinks/nibbles, movie starts 6:30pm followed by Q&A.
Desert Migration represents a huge number of people who migrated to this desert community burdened with memories of watching their friends die, all believing that a similar fate would befall them.
The film focuses on the lives of gay men living long-term with HIV - people who sought out an oasis in Southern California's Palm Springs. A place where both their homosexuality and health condition was not just tolerated, but understood.
Sunday, 3 August 2014
“Thank you to everyone who came to Bake Off 2014 and to those who baked, bought, judged and volunteered.
Bake Off was a huge success because so many people gave so much time, effort and love to make it so. Without community support we are all lost. With it, we can all be heroes.
Our special thanks to SkinDNA for sponsoring this year’s Bake Off; Penny Clifford and the Imperial Hotel; Imagination for their Creative work; our exceptional hosts, judges and performers; and to Scalawag Productions and Man Lie Lasers for helping us put on the show.
This year’s Bake Off raised $17,000 that will go directly to provide care and support to the most disadvantaged PLHIV across NSW. Thank you to everyone for contributing to a fantastic re boot of Bake Off. Here’s to next year!
Ita Buttrose AO OBE is a truly exceptional Australian: a legendary media editor, businesswoman, best-selling author, committed community and welfare contributor and 2013 Australian of the Year.
The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation is privileged to welcome Ita Buttrose as an Honorary Life Member in an exclusive ceremony at The Oxford Hotel, Darlinghurst, where BGF was first chartered in 1984.
Bobby Goldsmith’s sister, Wendy White, and Bobby’s final partner, Ken Bryan, will present the Honorary Life Membership citation.
Co-patron of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, paid tribute to Ita Buttrose and her response to the outbreak of HIV/AIDS.
“Those of us who are members of sexual minorities will never forget the way in which Ita came forward during our darkest times when the HIV/AIDS epidemic first struck us and our friends. At the times of deepest despair and grief, she stood with us shoulder to shoulder.
“It was not easy in those days. There was ignorance. There was hostility. There was fear. Both in her work as a public communicator, in her presence at so many meetings and in her participation in institutions, she has been a voice of love and reason. That is why she is so deeply appreciated in the GLBT community upon whom in Australia the burden of AIDS first fell.”
Ita Buttrose is the current National President of Alzheimer's Australia, Patron of the Macular Disease Foundation, and Emeritus Director of Arthritis Australia. She received an AO for her services to the community especially in the field of public health education when she spearheaded Australia's HIV/AIDS Education Program, an OBE for her services to journalism, and a Centenary Medal for business leadership.
Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) is thrilled to announce that its annual Auction held Upstairs at the Beresford Hotel on Thursday 4th June was a resounding success. The Auction raised over $52,000 profit which will go to provide support and care for people living with HIV in NSW.
Memorable speeches from Ita Buttrose OA OBE and Jose Herrera silenced guests as they listened to the impact HIV continues to have on people’s lives - from diagnosis, stigma, social isolation, living remotely, and as Ita pointed out, the effects of ageing with HIV. They also reminded people of the important services BGF provides and how much their support will improve the health and well-being of people’s lives.
Celebrity hosts Erika Heynatz and Adam Richard kindly donated their time to the cause. As a duo they captured the audience and presented a wonderful and hilarious show.
BGF was honoured to see so many special guests attend, including Catherine McGregor AM and Alex Greenwich MP.
Queen of the Hammer, Romany Brooks professionally auctioned 12 fantastic prizes, including dinner with Ita and Catherine at Rockpool, a catered lunch by Christine Manfield, a weekend at Gwinganna Resort and a week in a 6 star 3 bedroom waterfront apartment on Hamilton Island. A surprise came at the end of the night when the winning raffle prize – a string on freshwater pearls – was given back to be auctioned off.
Mary Kiani took to the stage twice, performing her classic hits Feeling Good and I Image – a number that really had the crowd grooving on the dance floor.
Playing the perfect sets from start to finish, DJ Kate Monroe closed the show with songs that had guests dancing til the night’s end.
Guests praised BGF event organisers and the professional service of staff at the Beresford, saying they had a fantastic night filled with great catering and entertainment.
David Riddell said: “I’d like to thank again sponsors, Imagination, MAC AIDS Fund and Grey Goose, all prize donors, artists and guests, donors, media supporters, and of course the Beresford Hotel. Also to all the volunteers who donated their time and the staff of Ezybidz for helping make a smooth online silent auction and for their valued help throughout the night. We look forward to another successful Auction in 2016. In the meantime, stay tuned for BGF’s 28th Bake Off in August … it’s time to start your ovens!”