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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