StarJam reaps rewards of grocery ball
A charity helping young people with disabilities realise their dreams will benefit from this year’s supermarket industry ball.
StarJam has been selected from 65 charities to receive the proceeds from the annual Grocery Charity Ball.
“We’re really honoured to be selected out of so many organisations,” says StarJam founder and chief executive Julie Bartlett.
“It says a lot about the impact of the work we are doing and the high regard in which it’s held.”
StarJam organises performing workshops and hosts monthly gatherings with celebrities to coach and mentor young people with disabilities.
Young performers, who are known as jammers, sang at the Halberg Awards earlier this month. The group is the seventh beneficiary of the ball, which has so far raised more than $1.2 million for six charities.
Mrs Bartlett hopes the ball will raise enough money to run programmes in Wellington and Christchurch as well as Auckland.
“We started in 2002 with 12 kids and now there’s about 450 people involved so our success has been rather rapid and the demand for the children to be involved just keeps on increasing,” she says.
Jammer Daniel Gourlay has been involved with StarJam since it started and can’t wait for the ball in August.
“It is lovely to be with StarJam,” he says.
“I’ve been to heaps of shows and I’ve hosted two shows with Kate Hawkesby.”
rocery Charity Ball trustee Karen Clark says picking just one charity was tough, but they were impressed by StarJam’s work.
“They are doing some amazing stuff,” says Ms Clark.
“It’s an extremely diffi decision but we’re looking for something specifi
The ball is supported by grocery giants Foodstuffs, which owns Pak’nSave and New World, and Progressive Enterprises, which owns Foodtown, Countdown and Woolworths, as well as the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council.
It’s held at SkyCity on August 28, with money raised through table sales, auctions and donations.
Good stuff: From left: Grocery Charity Ball trustee Karen Clark, StarJam’s Julie Bartlett and Daniel Gourlay, and trustee Leanne Carroll.