Sunday, November 29, 2009
Bali Kids for Padang Kids
Last Thursday I covered a charity event at Gado Gado's in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia. Funds were being raised for children affected by the recent earthquake in Padang, Sumatra. The evening was organised and sponsored by Pro Motion Events and Reefcheck Foundation Indonesia. Local Balinese children's paintings of a coral reef theme were auctioned off online and in house to the highest bidder. Over 100 guests enjoyed some fantastic entertainment over a tasty four course dinner, raising well over 89 million Rupiah (£6000) towards the school building recovery programme by the Sanari Foundation.
The legendary Indonesian pro surfer Tipi Jabrik hosted the event whilst music was provided by special guest, recording artist Oppie Andaresta. Oppie, also from Sumatra, and her very talented band members (Rio -trumpet, Richie - guitar, Adjat- percussion and Barok on sitar) performed some tasteful intimate music. Oppie's chart hit 'Single and Happy' set the tone, whilst a rendition of Marley favorite, Waiting in Vain, and a song written for her son Kai Bejo, entitled Ocean and Sun (Kai Matahari) concluded the musical part of the evening. Other performances included traditional dance from the Natrabu Padang Bali Community and ballet and Jive.
Children's clothing was also donated by local businesses and each dinner ticket sold raised funds for a school kit for the Padang students, within which were a backpack, schoolbooks, pencils, pens and other tools.
The evening was a great success and other business supporters, Alpatra Productions, The Yak Magazine, Gado Gado Restaurant, Coca-Cola for Bali Program together with Reefcheck and Pro-motion Events should be proud of all their efforts.