Fundraiser raffle day a huge success!

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Fundraiser raffle day a huge success!

As you may know, we hosted a fundraiser event on March 5th in the small country town of Riddells Creek. It went particularly well – in fact, the generosity and support we received for the event, the program and film was far beyond what we could have hoped for. Our goal was to raise $5,000, which we thought quite ambitious, but the amount raised – after deducting expenses – is actually a whopping $10,955. Absolutely amazing! Thank you to all.

IEF Fundraiser, Riddells Creek
This funding, combined with the support from Globalquest, will now enable us to finalise the As Worlds Divide film’s post-production and to design and print Suku Mentawai’s cultural education booklet. These are both crucial tasks and will provide a huge step toward indigenous Mentawai achieving their goal of integrating cultural education into their day-to-day lives as a means to enrich and sustain their future development. We are rapt.

Happy Mudcab working at the IEF fundraiser
None of what we’ve achieved at the event though could have been possible without the tireless (volunteer) work of our close friends and family. In particular, John and Mary, who offered up their home and incredible hospitality for the event; and Sammy, who managed to transform the property into a place of aesthetic joy, fun and celebration;

Guests at the IEF raffle fundraiser, Riddells Creek
Beautiful day in the country town of Riddells Creek
Jules and Mudcrab, who kept us entertained and hydrated all afternoon and evening pouring drinks from their popup ‘bush bar’;

Jules and Mudcrab serving drinks in their popup Bush Bar
The Peeks, a very talented musical act from Williamstown whom I’m sure we’re going to hear a lot more of (keep an eye out for their soon-to-be released album);

The Peeks, band from Williamstown
even Lawrence, the front man from Melbourne band July Days, made a welcomed appearance - playing a series of tracks from a new solo album he’s been working on;

Lawrence Henry from Melbourne band July Days
and of course how could we forget the one and only – rather humorous – MC… Nath!

Funny MC, Nath Shalders
We also owe a great deal of gratitude to our event sponsors who gave so generously. First and foremost, a huge thanks to our major sponsor Pitstop Hill Mentawai, who continue to show their support for the future welfare of the local Mentawai community and environment through ongoing partnership and donation toward the Suku Mentawai program.

Sam Lee proudly wearing her Suku Mentawai t-shirt
Nice photo of father and young boy
We’d also like to thank Coopers Brewery who supplied us all with cold bottles of Coopers for the afternoon.

Brett serving cold bottles of Coopers beer
Guests enjoying good food and cold Coopers at the IEF fundraiser
To Dan, Brett and Benji too, who kindly donated the tap beer and facilities – which also proved quite popular.

Trent enjoying cold beer on tap at the IEF fundraising event
We’d like to give a shout out to a number of people/businesses in the local community too who kindly donated their service, product or vouchers to be given away on the day. These including the Riddells Creek Hotel; Vic’s Food & Wine; The Spotted Owl; Still Beauty; Gary Parker Photography; Holgates Brewery; Gisborne Peak Winery; Riddells Creek Foodworks; Webbers NurseryVictorian Tavern; The Valley Winebar; Sam Lee Art; and The Peeks.

Great community support from Brett Shalders
Rob and Sam drawing out door prizes at the IEF fundraiser event
To everyone involved and those who made a donation (including those from afar), thank you for being a part of this. We truly hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Enjoyable day at a charitable event out in Riddells Creek
Rob Henry from IEF giving away the $2000 cash prize
Finally, congratulations to The Peeks drummer, Hamish, who took home the major cash prize. Well deserved.

Indigenous Education Foundation - IEF, backwards raffle draw


With great appreciation,

The team at IEF and Suku Mentawai.

*Big thanks to photographer, Gary, for documenting the day.