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14th Annual Lunchtime Rumours Feast hits a high note

August 21, 2019

On Friday 16th August Kids First held its annual Lunchtime Rumours Feast, the organisation’s largest fundraising event for the year. With a team of tireless and dedicated volunteers, a raft of incredibly generous sponsors and more than 450 attendees who ‘dug deep’ on the day, the event generated a new fundraising high in excess of $284,000.

The funds raised will support Kids First’s services that span group programs, supported playgroups, in-home visits, early learning, one to one counselling and more.

Held at the Plaza Ballroom and hosted by Hamish McLachlan this year’s ‘Rumours Feast’ featured many Melbourne media icons from 3AW including Ross Stevenson and John Burns, and Peter Hitchener of the Nine network, as well as a rousing performance of ‘Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’ by Picket Palace, and Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier performing her classic ‘It’s only the beginning.’

Kids First’s CEO Aileen Ashford was interviewed by 3AW’s John Silvester, ahead of a screening of a video about Kids First’s ‘Stand Up!’ program. Stand Up! is an in-school program, delivered to Year 8 classes that is designed to assist students to navigate social media and avoid being sexually exploited through use of technology.

A live auction closed out the day, with more than $100k raised for purchase of items that were generously provided by the event sponsors.

Kids First is incredibly grateful to all those who showed their support and belief in the work we do by attending the day, and to the event sponsors who gave so generously. We also salute the tireless efforts of event organisers Elaine Marriner, Margaret Robinson and Leonie McNicol. Without their involvement the Lunchtime Rumours Feast would not be possible.

Photos from the event can be viewed on our Facebook page


3AW 693, De Bortoli Wines, Elaine & David Marriner and Family, Marriner Group and Staff, CHANEL Bertocchi Smallgoods.

Master of Ceremonies Hamish McLachlan


Ross Stevenson, John Burns, Jon Anderson, John Silvester, Peter Ford, Kate Stevenson, Glenn Robbins, Mark Davidson, Damian Tardio, Mikkayla Mossop

Event Partners

Aloft Perth, Australian Football League, Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Bambra Press (Troy Riley), Bill Gibbons – Jericho Cup Warrnambool Pty Ltd, Calendar Cheese Company, Craig Howard – Mercedes Benz Berwick, Craig Jackett – Jackett Pty Ltd, Cricket Australia, Crown Metropol, Element Richmond, Four Points by Sheraton Central Park Sydney, Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne, Four Points by Sheraton Perth, Gerry Ryan – Mitchelton Winery and Jayco, Grayline Tours, Hertz, Ian Curley – French Saloon, Koko Black, Lello Pasta Melbourne, Marriott Brisbane, Marriott Melbourne Hotel, Marriott Surfers Paradise, Meyer Cookware Australia Pty Ltd, Pier One Sydney, Racing Victoria, Rob Sinclair – E & S Trading Co (Discounts) Pty Ltd, Sealy of Australia, Sheraton Grand Gold Coast, Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, Sleepmaker Commercial, St Andrews Hotel, Fitzroy, Stephen Walters, Steve Abbott – Jellis Craig, Supernormal Restaurant Melbourne, Tony Smith – Kieser Australia, Vince Gurciullo – De Bortoli Wines, Westin Brisbane, Westin Melbourne – Debra Watts, Westin Perth.

Volunteer support

Molly, Ryan, Molly, Sam, Darcy, Noah, Joe, Rhiannon, Jeanette Finegan, Andrea Mayers, Alison Faulkner, Judy Hunter, Barry Robinson and Garima Agrawal.

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