Raising awareness and support for those touched by the tragedy of suicide, the Great Australians Gala Dinner returns for its third consecutive year.
Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt will welcome Great Australians and honour their achievements on 15 October, throwing a world-class feast at the Savoy Ballroom.
The night will offer top-notch audio and visual entertainment featuring performances from Normie Rowe, Wendy Matthews, James Morrison, Angry Anderson, Wilbur Wilde and Kate Ceberano.
The unmissable social event will bring together Australian sporting and Olympic greats, legends from the world of entertainment, literary high achievers, a Victoria Cross recipient and five recipients of the Cross of Valour to offer their time and support for Growing Hope, an all-ages suicide prevention program for people bereaved by suicide.
Whether on the sporting field, in the arts and business, or through acts of unbelievable selflessness, the history of Australia has been shaped by people from all walks of life who have risen above due to their actions.
All those great Australians will come together to raise awareness for the silent victims of suicide, the people left behind who become up to six times more likely to take their own lives.
Confirmed Great Australians for the 2016 Gala Dinner:
Michael Katsidis – two-time lightweight champion boxer
Barry Michael – boxer, International Boxing Federation champion
David Malouf AO – author, winner of Commonwealth’s Writer Prize among other prominent literary awards
John-Michael Howson OAM – entertainment industry commentator and writer
Duncan Armstrong OAM – swimmer, gold and silver medal winner
Aunty Pam Pedersen – athlete and Koori Court elder
Normie Rowe AM – musician, three gold records and one double gold record
Sam Patten – rower, bronze medal winner and team member of Oarsome Foursome
Les Murray AM – poet, winner of the T.S Eliot Award among other prominent literary awards
James Morrison AM – musician, inducted in the Graeme Bell Hall of Fame
Wilbur Wilde – musician and entertainment personality
Wendy Matthews – singer, four platinum albums and one three-time platinum album
Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson AM – singer/songwriter, television personality and actor
Dr Peter Larkins – Olympian and media personality
Sue Stanley – three-time World Aerobic Champion and Sport Australia Hall of Fame member
Allan Sparkes CV – Cross of Velour recipient
Darrell Tree CV – Cross of Velour recipient
Timothy Britten CV – Cross of Velour recipient
Victor Boscoe CV – Cross of Velour recipient
Richard Joyes CV – Cross of Velour recipient
Keith Payne VC OAM – Victoria Cross recipient
Molly Meldrum AM – Australian pop music journalist, record producer and musical entrepreneur
Russell Mark OAM – marksman, Olympic gold medallist
Larry Sengstock – four- time Olympian and past CEO of NBL
Nova Peris OAM – Olympian and past Northern Territory Senator
Brian Cadd – singer/songwriter, producer
Jeff Fenech – world champion boxer and trainer
* Attending guests are invited to purchase tables for the event, with each table featuring its own ‘Great Australian’.
Tables are strictly limited; for bookings call 03 9629 1544 or email [email protected]
For further information on the event, head to www.greataustraliansgaladinner.com.au