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Splash of Red Foundation Charity Cocktail Party

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Image: Splash of Red Foundation. The Splash of Red Foundations logo. The dragonfly comprising of beautiful Swarovski crystals handmade by Teresa Fletcher

The Splash of Red Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organisation that is passionate about raising awareness, and raising much needed funds for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) bereavement services and research programs in NSW. SIDS affects babies from 0 to 12 months of age, while SUDC affects children from 12 months of age upwards. The Splash of Red Foundation is a tribute to all babies and children who have passed away unexpectedly, and to the loving and bereaved families that they have left behind.

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Image: Splash of Red Foundation. Committee members Teresa Fletcher, Joanne Struck, Linda Howe, Wendy Maloney & Krystyna McIntosh enjoying High Tea at Kirribilli House

This foundation is turning the world red for all the right reasons, and especially as red is a standout colour for the main season that is fast approaching us: Christmas, as at the time of writing this. The Splash of Red Foundation have put together an event with a Christmas, cocktail and an art theme at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales at Lavender Bay. It has not been an easy feat, yet this foundation has managed to raise around $200,000 for organisations such as SIDS and Kids NSW, as well as the Centenary Institute to name.

A perfect time to party, be merry and feel fabulous. Tickets are $110 per head and include substantial canapes and drinks such as beer, wine and champagne to name. Being held in a highly esteemed art gallery, an art prize will be awarded as part of the raffle draw to raise much needed funds on the night. A popular Sydney based Jazz band, Sounds of Apollo will be the entertainment for the night. All attendees will also be given an opportunity to purchase a Lucky Christmas Bauble hanging up and shining strong at this event. Depending on the number on your bauble, your prize could even include tickets to the Opera. The fun starts at 7pm, and only 100 tickets to get into this event are available. Dress up in cocktail attire, with a splash of red for a really great cause.

It is great to see a not-for-profit organisation run by five energetic and enthusiastic volunteers/committee members. The fun at The Splash of Red Foundation does not stop there. The party continues with their annual ball, the next one of which will be held on the 14th of June 2013, and appropriately around the time Red Nose Day is held. Further details will be on the charity's website in due course, again as at the time of writing this.

The foundation's logo (as you will see on this event's invite below) signifies a dragonfly, an animal of which lives its life to the fullest. A chance to keep that glass full is being given to you wonderful WeekendNotes Sydney readers to attend this event, and have a magical night out. Your support will also fill up some more glasses towards minimising "cot death."

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From the foundations website: Yes you're invited to this event

One of the committee members, Krystyna McIntosh had lost her son Jordan to SUDC at the ripe young age of 19 months. Another committee member, Joanne Struck had also lost her beloved baby Jay at 9 months old to SIDS. The Splash of Red Foundation puts on such fantastic fundraising events such as the Christmas cocktail party in Jordan and Jay's honour. Unfortunately for Jordan, this cute 19 month old (at the time) unexpectedly died during his sleep on the 22nd of August 2006. Sadly, this can happen to anyone's child.

A chance to put on some sparkle, and for all of the WeekendNotes Sydney male readers out there: don a black tie. For the ladies, make sure your make up supplies are in abundance, and put your hair down for a great night out, regardless as to whether you have a child or not. Cheers to helping out a charity that is doing great things to minimise the impact and number of child deaths to SIDS and SUDC. A Merry Christmas celebration of drinks, food and entertainment awaits.

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Image: Splash of Red Foundation. Your attendance and support at these events goes towards the foundations great work
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Why? A Christmas event to raise much needed funds to help this foundation raise awareness of SIDS and SUDC
When: Friday 23 November 2012
Phone: All phone event bookings can be made by contacting Wendy Maloney on 0400 131 072
Where: Royal Art Gallery of NSW, Lavender Bay
Cost: $110 per person/head
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