• Ball Extravaganza For Australia

    29 December 2017

    Over the last couple of years Lighthouse Club Australia, through their Queensland and Western Australia chapters, have hosted Gala Balls, which are the major fund-raising events for the year


    The Queensland chapter held its second annual ball at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on the 5th August this year. It was attended by just under 110 industry professionals including the recipients of the Lighthouse Club Australia’s first Bursary Scheme.

    The event was expertly hosted by Master of Ceremonies Sean Brady of Brady Heywood who kindly donated his services for the evening.

    After a short speech from Paul Roberts, (President, LHC Australia) the first donation of the evening for $2,500 was made to Greg Johnston of Mates in Construction for their rural and remote workers programme. For more information on the work they do please see: http://matesinconstruction.org.au/

    Trisha Simpson of Happy Hub Kampot was presented with the second donation of $5,000, for the set-up of a traineeship program in Cambodia. The programme allows uneducated youths to learn construction skills so they can rebuild their communities and provide housing for struggling families. For more information on the work they do please see the separate write up or check out http://www.happyhubkampot.org

    The third donation was for our new bursary programme that has been set-up in conjunction with TAFE skillstech Queensland. Basil Harvey of TAFE made a short speech and two $2,500 bursaries were awarded to the successful TAFE students Michael Dowling and Lucas Ball.

    Guests enjoyed a two course meal whilst the presentations were made and tried their hands at casino
    tables throughout the night – the proceeds from the casino tables and raffle ticket sales, helped to raise a truly fantastic $ 3,000 on the night.

    Thank you to our generous raffle donors: Uber, Riverside 123, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Customs House
    Brisbane, Riverlife, Flight Centre, Blue Room Cinebar, Noosa Chocolate Factory and Lighthouse Club Australia members.

    Special Thanks to our Gold Sponsor HKA, one of the world’s leading providers of Advisory, Consulting and
    Expert services for the construction, manufacturing, process and technology industries. Thanks also to our
    Bronze sponsor Vitale Property Group, the event could not have been staged without their support.

    [Photos courtesy of Tiana Reimann Photography who kindly donated her services, see www.tianareimann.com.]


    On 25 August 2017 the Western Australia chapter held its third annual Winter Ball. Over 110 people, either in the industry or associated with it, joined us to celebrate being part of the Lighthouse Club and to enjoy good food, wine and music with friends and colleagues.

    Western Australia committee member Glen Warwick of Clyde & Co, very capably acted as the Master of Ceremonies.

    To enable this event to happen major sponsors for the evening were:

    • TBH, Platinum Sponsors – Thank you to George Matta and the rest of the TBH team who have given the Lighthouse Club WA continued support over the years;
    • George also gave a brief, entertaining talk which everyone appreciated.
    • CSI and Clifford Chance – Silver Sponsors. Congratulations were also conveyed to Clifford Chance as they had just won the ‘ADR Practice Group of the Year’ award by the Australian Disputes Centre;
    • Clyde & Co – Bronze Sponsor

    The highlight of the evening was being able to make donations to our charities. It was with much pleasure that additional support could be provided to MATES in Construction WA. The donation of $5,000 was presented to Godfrey Baronie of MATES in Construction WA to provide more support to their programme
    to help younger people learn the skills needed to become mentally resilient in later life, and to know when and where to go to get help for them, their colleagues and their loved ones. This is a vitally important cause, and certainly one which Lighthouse Club WA are thrilled to be able to help with.

    Everyone was also delighted to hear that a donation had been made on behalf of the Lighthouse Club Australia to Happy Hub Kampot, a Cambodian organisation which is organising the set-up of a traineeship program in Cambodia for uneducated youngsters to learn construction skills.

    The raffle, which is held in conjunction with the ball, always raises a significant amount of money and once again this year’s event was no exception with the Ball and raffle raising a total of $4,750. Thank you to the following companies for their donation of raffle prizes:

    • The Terrace Hotel, Perth
    • The Parmelia Hilton, Perth
    • Danii Harry Photography
    • Corporate Traveller
    • Uber

    Thank you to all the donors, guests and sponsors who made this event possible and such a success. To the WA Committee who ensured that the night could not be anything but a success, thank you.

    Photos courtesy of Danii Harry Photography, who kindly donated her services, see





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