Save the Children is celebrating 70 years as a legal entity in WA, although the charity’s association with our State, and this newspaper, goes back considerably further that that.
In 1921, just two years after Save the Children was founded in England by a woman named Eglantyne Jebb, The West Australian published an article titled Central Europe: Starvation and Disease, which launched an appeal by the charity in WA to raise money for starving Russian children.
Eight decades later, The West ran another appeal for Save the Children, this time to assist those affected by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, which killed more than 220,000 and displaced millions more.
West Aussies helped raise $2 million in that appeal, adding to more than
$340 million Save the Children raised internationally as part of the charity’s single biggest humanitarian operation.
Save the Children is increasingly focusing its attention closer to home, with programs delivering positive outcomes in indigenous communities in the Kimberley, the Pilbara and within the Perth metro area.
The charity’s work, here and abroad, will be celebrated at a gala cocktail event at the Old Brewery next Friday, featuring reconciliation advocate Fred Chaney, Queen of the Kimberley Mary G and actor Stephen Curry. Tickets to this special fundraising event are limited, so search for Save the Children at eventbrite.com.au to secure yours.
Event guest Stephen Curry