A Sanctuary Cove business owner has brought together over 100 community members, including three much-loved Australian talent, to raise $50,000 for Australian charity, Act for Kids, on Thursday, 10 December 2020.
For the second year running, Roger Braun, owner of Captain Nemo’s Pool, Spa and Marine Shop, has rallied the community to host a sold-out event at Sanctuary Cove, auctioning off memorabilia, raffling off a $15,000 golf buggy, and filling the air with magic, music and Italian courses, all for the good cause.
Former St Kilda, Hawthorn and Sydney ruckman Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt will return to the event for the third time as MC, after supporting Roger in his second, smaller fundraising event for Livin’ earlier in 2020. Comedian and magician Matt Hollywood will join the footy star, alongside Australian country music singer-songwriter and guitarist, Lee Kernaghan.
Redirecting the attention away from Captain Nemo’s, Roger says the willingness and community spirit locally was the recipe for success.
“It is great to see that when something like this comes up – to help – everybody comes together without a second thought. We’re really proud of that. It’s not our achievement, it’s every single person who volunteered, donated, and just showed up’s achievement,” Roger said.
“This year has brought some of the toughest of times; from fires, droughts and the pandemic mixed with the trauma disadvantaged children face on a daily basis. So being able to make a difference with Act for Kids so that they can have a better Christmas and a better life is genuinely what this is all about.”
The funds raised on the day will be donated to Act for Kids with a life-sized cheque, to be accepted by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Katrina Lines.
“Act for Kids is overwhelmed by the generosity of the Sanctuary Cove Community, particularly the team at Captain Nemo Pools, Spas and Marine, who have chosen to support Aussie kids this Christmas,” Dr Katrina Lines said.
“Our team worked with more than 5000 children, who had experienced trauma from neglect, sexual, physical and emotional abuse on the Gold Coast throughout 2019-2020.
“Money raised from the Long Lunch will help Act for Kids deliver life-changing therapy to more Aussie children.
“Sadly, we know the demand for our services increases over the festive season which is why your generous donations and support means the world to our team so we can continue supporting vulnerable children.”
The first fundraising luncheon arose off the back of the 2019 Queensland droughts, with over $30,000 worth of funds raised towards Drought Angels to support Aussie farmers in rural communities.
After speaking with fellow Sanctuary Cove businesses, Ioesco Café Cucina and Intercontinental Hotel, as well as Sanctuary Cove owner, Mulpha, about the idea, Roger realised the amount of support and resources volunteered could make the initiative possible.
“Every single person we approached, said ‘Yep, we’re in,’ before it even became something. Being able to look around and rely on your neighbours when push comes to shove, like it did all over Queensland, was incredible,” Roger said.
The enormous response from the first event has inspired Roger and the community to continue the fundraising luncheon well into the future, hoping to support as many causes as possible.
The 2020 event will be hosted at Sanctuary Cove’s premier Italian restaurant, Ioesco with COVID-19 social distancing measures in place and a bespoke three-course menu by owner and head chef, Max Alfieri.
IMAGE: Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt and Roger Braun (C) Maleika Halpin