About our Fundraising

About our Fundraising

Each year YWCA NSW creates a number of fundraising events to raise funds for some important programs within our portfolio.

These events are key to maintaining several programs across the state.

If you would like to find out more about the fundraising events listed below, please send an email to: marketing@ywcansw.com.au

Mother of All Balls

For the past 10 years our Mother of All Balls has raised millions of dollars for our Big Brothers Big Sisters program – enabling matches of positive role models for young people via one to one support which encourages the development of social and life skills. 

Our Patron for 10 years, Rachel Ward AO, was the inspiration behind the Mother of All Balls which was first held in 2004. Since then it has grown and evolved into YWCA NSW’s primary fundraiser and in 2015 raised over $580,000.  This delivered invaluable funding for our mentoring programs.

2015 was inspired by Truman Capote’s infamous Black & White Ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York 1966 – the YWCA NSW Annual event - Mother of All Balls and set a new standard in elegance in 2015.  MC Richard Wilkins delivered his trademark charm, the food designed by Luke Mangan and his team was superb and the entertainment had people dancing throughout the night. A line up of Australia’s corporate elite and some of our most famous international stars ensured the night delivered beyond all expectation.

A heart-stopping moment of the evening was when Bryan Brown read a letter from a young man he has mentored for many years, which made everyone realise the purpose of the event… to raise much needed funds that would enable more mentoring matches between Big Brothers and Big Sisters…and the crowd rose to the occasion making it one of our most successful events ever.

The Mother of All Balls is returning on 14 May 2016 - La Belle Epoque is the theme. For more information contact marketing@ywcansw.com.au.

No-one throws a party like the Mother of All Balls and consequently, over the years, the Ball has developed a reputation for attracting the cream of Sydney’s social scene and heavyweight corporate support, all keen to help support disadvantaged families and their children.

Organised by a group of volunteer women, all with very specific skill sets and talents, the theme for the Ball changes each and every year.

2016 - La Belle Epoque
2015 – Black & White Ball,  Truman Capote style
2014-  Madre di Tutti, Venetian Ball
2011 - Shanghai Chic
2010 - Rock the Kasbah
2009 - Black Tie at Bondi
2008 - A Night in Royal Rajasthan
2007 - Havana Club
2006 - Casino Royale
2005 - Blues, Boogie and Bop
2004 - Top Hat and Tail

The Mother of All Balls 2015 in full swing

Breaking The Cycle

Our 2015 Breaking the Cycle 30 Minute Cycling Fundraising Challenge achieved an outstanding result with more than 300 people in 4 gyms across  Sydney cycling to raise funds for our Y BRAVE program – . Our early intervention and education program designed to break the continuing cycle of violence and disrespectful behaviour.

This year we are excited to be activating this campaign again on Friday 16 September in two of Sydney's CBD Gym's, Fitness First Market Street and LivingWell Health Club at The Hilton Hotel. Please show your support by creating a team, joining a team or simply making a donation. We aim to raise $50,000 and we can't do it without your help!

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Anna Bligh, Adriano Zumbo and Top CEO's breaking the cycle of violence

Twilight Seminar Sessions

In 2015, our new Y Connect Advisory Committee was formed. The Y Connect committee assisted with the creation and implementation of Breaking The Cycle, and were also the catalyst for a brand new fundraiser Twilight Seminar Sessions. Throughout the year our corporate partners and contacts will be invited to a variety of panel discussions and presentations and networking events, raising funds for our programs. Our first event was in November 2015, and was a great success, followed by an event for International Women's Day held at LinkedIn in March 2016, and recently a seminar at the Microsoft Retail Store.

If you would like more information about these events please contact yconnect@ywcansw.com.au

YWCA NSW President Elizabeth Bryan answering audience questions