The STARTTS Refugee Ball, raising money to support the refugees and trauma survivors that we work with, has become a fixture on the social calendar for those who support refugee issues, and after 5 great years it is only getting better!
In 2013 Refugee Ball was SOLD OUT, and we expect that it will be again. Tickets are available now – don’t wait too long!
You can also download the invitation and booking form, fill it out and return to us via post, fax or email.
The STARTTS Refugee Ball has established itself over the past five years as a key event in the social calendar of the community services sector. The Ball is held every year to raise vital funds for and awareness of the work that STARTTS does to assist people who have survived torture and trauma. Without the funds raised at the Ball, STARTTS could not provide the range of programs and services that it does to the community. The 2013 Refugee Ball was a sold out event with over 400 people in attendance. There is a great deal of anticipation for this year’s event, which is set to be even better!
This year all funds raised at the Ball will go towards STARTTS programs using arts and cultural activities to help people heal from trauma. Our Community Cultural Development program is a unique way of helping people to heal from trauma and build social connections, and of encouraging refugee communities to find and express their artistic talents.
“When I sing, I feel the trauma just wash away”
Why support the Arts and Culture program?
STARTTS uses a holistic and flexible approach to assisting trauma survivors to try to find the best intervention for each of our clients. Sometimes new approaches are needed and over the past two years a range of arts and cultural activities run by STARTTS have been having great success in building the social capital of refugees, connecting people to their culture and ultimately contributing to the healing process.
The program has initiated a range of projects in visual arts, performance, film and many other media. One of the major projects that needs support this year is Dance Africa Dance. Held last year to great acclaim and featuring Refugee Ball 2013 performers Afro-Contemporary Youth Dance, among many others, Dance Africa Dance is a joyous celebration of African culture and triumph over adversity. But transforming a healing journey into a work of art is no easy task, so the funds raised at the Ball will be invaluable in making this and other projects happen.
Over the years the Refugee Ball has been sponsored by many different organisations, including SBS, Network of Caring, Fragomen, Stacks Goudkamp Lawyers, Fox Creek Wines and many others. Sponsors not only enjoy a wonderful evening for their staff, they also receive exposure to the diverse and growing community that attend the Ball and support the work of STARTTS.
The Refugee Ball also welcomes donations toward our fundraising or for Auctions and Raffles. Every little bit helps!