On the night following the second State of Origin, 200 people gathered at the Queens Arms Hotel to enjoy great food, drink and company, to hear Wayne Bennett speak and to raise money for Red Hill Special School.
The Queens Arms provided a great venue with delicious food, drinks and friendly staff. Thanks to the sponsorship from Moet the champagne was flowing early and enjoyed throughout the night. Terry Hansen, a friend of the school and presenter on 97.3 FM breakfast crew, kept the night flowing and people informed of opportunities to support the school.
Wayne Bennett gave a funny, informative speech and an auctioned question from the floor nudged him to speak more about his experiences as a carer. As anticipated he spoke honestly, saying amongst other things, that we should try to live one day at a time, create a solid support network and accept the help offered.
It was a very successful fundraiser with friends and family keen to support our school. There were raffle items, silent auction items, live auction items [including the first Newcastle Knights jersey signed by Wayne Bennett] and a donation wall to help complete the multi-sensory room at our school - over half of the 40 items on the wall were purchased for the school on the night!
The P&C committee would like to congratulate everyone who supported A Knight with Wayne Bennett and are delighted to announce $35,000 was raised. By all accounts, everyone had a great night whilst helping a great cause.