Yatra Foundation’s annual Bollywood fundraiser, held at St. Kilda town hall on Friday, 4 August, proved to be the hottest ticket in town on the year’s coldest night.
Yatra Bollywood Extravaganza 2017 attracted a vibrant, noisy, and wonderful crowd of 340 generous supporters (yatris) who revelled in the food, music, colour, and camaraderie of the evening.
There was a special vibe in the air, reflected by the warmth and generosity of all those who attended to have fun as well as learn more about the work of our Foundation, now entering its tenth year!
Yatra Foundation Australia, established in 2007, offers opportunity through quality education to the poorest children in India to assist them escape the vicious cycle of poverty. The organisation supports 1,200 children in diverse settings where the common theme is that of quality and accessible education.
The food for the evening, prepared by Gaylord’s restaurant, was delicious, with great entertainment provided by Sam Goraya (Odhisi dance), Ignite Bollywood dancers, and DJ Aji. The MC for the evening, Natasha Margaritis and IT guru Cassie Nixon ensured the night went smoothly. Long-time Yatra supporter and director of the movie Lion, Garth Davis, spoke at the event about how opportunity and education can transform lives.
Through the amazing generosity of all who attended, the Foundation raised $80,000AUD (after expenses) that will continue to sustain and enrich various projects in India. Yatra Foundation Australia has now raised over $1 million towards projects with the aim of sustainable, quality, and accessible education delivered effectively to the poorest children across India.
Donations can be made at Yatra Foundation Australia, National Australia Bank, BSB 083-088, A/C 812876964. 100% of all donations to Yatra Foundation are used to fund Yatra projects. No proceeds are used for any administrative costs. Mailing address: Yatra Foundation Australia, 265 Pigdon Street, Carlton North, Vic 3054, Australia. Website: www.yatrafoundation.org
More photos from the event at https://goo.gl/mntQKP