The Charlie Teo Foundation Gala Dinner
Dr Charlie Teo, the inspirational and world-renowned Australian neurosurgeon, held the inaugural gala dinner for The Charlie Teo Foundation on 5 May at Doltone House in Eveleigh. The extravaganza was attended by more than 1,000 high profile guests.
Many people attending the event followed Charlie from his previous charity foundation to support him in this new one because they truly believe he can make a difference.
Charlie made the controversial decision to leave his original Cure Brain Cancer Foundation because he wanted to “shake up the way we raise and use funds in brain cancer research as well as the way charities are run in general,” he told guests on the night.
Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease, yet the survival rate has not increased over the past 30 years. Charlie believes this is due to most of the donated funds being used for administrative work, rather than researching causes and potential cures. This is common in most charities across the board. Charlie believes that he is the one who can change the numbers.
“I am incredibly proud and excited to have launched this new foundation based on community, hope and openness. It will strive to operate on low overheads and with dedicated staff and volunteers, so that we can maximise the effect of each dollar raised, meaning more funds for brain cancer research. Our goal is a world without brain cancer.”
One of Charlie’s patients, the shy, musically talented 18 year old student Lleyton Reece, played the guitar for everyone as part of the entertainment for the evening. Lleyton suffered a stroke last year caused by an unusual brain tumour which Charlie successfully operated on.
The night was filled with all the action of a silent auction of eleven unique experiences and items, including dinner with Australia’s Gina Rinehart and Charlie Teo which won the highest bid on the night of $105,000. A total of $1.35 million was raised for the charity.
The gala dinner was hosted by the famous Channel 9 entertainment personality Richard Wilkins and featured international artists Brian Mcknight and Leo Sayer. Speakers also included Matt Braid, Chairman of the Charlie Teo Foundation and Dr Michael Sugrue, fellow neurosurgeon. The night ended with loud cheers for Charlie and The Charlie Teo Foundation as guests danced the night away to a wonderful performance by Leo Sayer.
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