On Thursday 25th February 2016, Moeloco celebrated its first birthday with an India-centred celebration in the heart of Collaroy with 100 supporters, and many more following the festivities online.
Before I go any further, I would like to thank every single person who made it to The Beach Club to show their support on our inaugural birthday celebration. It was great to finally put faces to the names of supporters we’ve been interacting with from a few days ago to since the beginning, almost fourteen months ago.
We started off the evening with a few words and a meditation led by my brother and Moeloco ambassador, Anthony Wong. We had Dina Cooper, who addressed the audience in Indian and English about the Hope Foundation’s work. Hope Foundation founder, Maureen Forrest, then said a few words via video message.
Alessandra Kitinas, our 14 year old teen ambassador, then followed, also with some words about the trip, reflecting on the children we met and the HOPE hospital we visited. She finished her speech with an inspiring cover of John Mayer’s ‘Waiting On the World to Change’.
The evening was filled with music, good food, a raffle with some amazing prizes and some bellydancing. At the end, in the spirit of Moeloco and social enterprises, there was time for the audience to network with each other and make new like-minded and heart-centred friends.
The evening was a hit – we raised 107 shoes on the night, which will be going to some very loving homes! Special thanks to everyone who came out to spend their evening with us: Jeff Andersen, Libby Armstrong, Mel Armstrong-Jones, Jodie Baines, Emma Barr, Susan Barton, Micaela Becattini, Sarah Bonora, Tracy Booth, Karen Chaston, Glyn Conlon, Dina Cooper, Rhonda Michelle Costello, Alistair Coulstock, Maria Cucinotta, James Curtis, Jill Daniels, Bianca de Reus, Marie Delaitre, Grahame Ewins, Rebecca Flint, Cimone-Louise Fung, Meg Garrido, Natalie Goldman, Teresa Gratkowski, Elizabeth Hall, Sian Hamilton, Sue Hawkins, Steven Holland, Marian Holland, Sarah Hutchings, Florencia Jacovella, Rowena Kempton, Sophie Kijas, Deb King, Sally Kingsford-Smith, Jarmila Kunova, Jerome Lamarque, Sunni Love, Barbara Maher, Luisa Manfredini, Kimberly Manning, Tami Marlowe, Ruth Marxen, Jacinda Meiklejohn, Jasmyna Mercer, Mandy Millan, Cathy Morton, Maria Nicola, Keri Norley, John O’Neil, Nicolas Perrin, Mark Ranucci, Angela Raspass, Avnesh Ratnanesan, Samantha Riley, Billie Robinson, Dani Rosen, Robyn Shipton, Claire Tait, Karin Slade, Tanya Spasic, Gomathi Suresh, Julie Thoms, Holly Thoms, Davis Thoms, Emma Veiga Malta, Michele Wienstien, Erica Wildey, Zoya Wong, Roger Wong, Liama Aesha, Andrea Hogan, Gareth Carr, Naomi Brewster, Lynne Kitinas, Ali Kitinas, Joe Laurie, Anthony Wong, Matthew Foster, Marie Alexis, Stephanie Youssef, Kaya Finlayson, Campbell Wilson, Sam Buckingham, Georgia, Chris Love, Sonis Moon, Sarah Fletcher, Larissa, Kimberly, Caleb Kim, Andrew Milne, Amanda Sully, Lee Delataire, Gisele Gambi, Genevieve Mathews, Anee Marie Moore, Rowena Kempton, and Julie Nelson.
Also, special thanks to all our beautiful sponsors for the night, who made the night possible and contributed wonderful prizes to the raffle.
Anyone for High Tea
This weekend, I’m off to Brisbane to represent Moeloco, our life changing thongs, at the High Tea Party, Hilton Hotel, Brisbane. It’s a fun day full of great food, great women, pampering and shopping. I would love to meet some of my Brisbane friends whilst I’m there. If you are interested in going, please check out the following link, or please share this post with any Brisbane-based friends you think might be interested in going. It looks to be like a fun, relaxing day, and I can’t wait to see some of you there. http://thehighteaparty.com.au/ #thehighteaparty
In our second year, we hope to raise more shoes for our children in India than ever before. There is no reason why we can’t make a bigger impact this year. Please head over to moeloco.com/shop or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a pair of life saving, ultra stylish and super comfy Moeloco’s for you and/or a friend. It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year round.