Weekend to be biggest, best
The Rob Broadfield Weekend for Telethon is back in Broome this weekend with a star-studded roster of Australia’s top chefs cooking up a storm at the Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa.
Some 110 of Perth’s most generous givers will donate about $500,000 during the weekend, billed as “an experience money can’t buy”.
“From the word go, seven years ago, we made some critical and, as it turns out, good decisions about this important charity event,” Hawaiian Investments chief executive Russell Gibbs said.
“Rather than presenting yet another black-tie event with endless auctions, we decided, as a starting point, to give a heartfelt thanks to our generous supporters in the only way we know how — with a once-in-a-lifetime weekend of great food and luxury,” he said.
“And this weekend is no exception. We quite literally turn Cable Beach Club over to this event and this year we are presenting a series of poolside lunches and themed dinners aimed at knocking our guests socks off.
“We can’t say too much — we don’t want to spoil all the surprises — but we have celebrated Melbourne chef Guy Grossi cooking an extraordinary Italian familystyle feast on Friday evening.
“Guests will step straight off their private charter jet and into an Italian party.”
The weekend centres around the Saturday Rob Broadfield Dinner For Telethon, which this year will see a team of Australia’s top chefs present a modern-Asian feast in a secret “speakeasy environment”.
There is, of course, a serious side to this weekend of fun and revelry and that is to raise money for Telethon and the Telethon kids, Mr Gibbs said.
“We are very grateful to have so many of Perth’s philanthropists willing to give of their time, energy and money, to such an important cause. Another wonderful knockon effect of this weekend is to get some of WA’s most influential and successful business people to Broome and expose them to the unique beauties and attractions of the town and the region,” he said.
“Tourism is highly competitive these days and every little bit helps.”
Telethon General Manager, Marie-Anne Keeffe says the weekend will be amazing.
“This is the most unique and special weekend outside of the Telethon’s 24-hour broadcast weekend in October,” she said.
“We have some of the most extraordinarily generous people coming to Broome for the weekend to do their bit.
“And are they in for a big surprise,” she laughed.
“There will be a surprise around every corner. It will be the biggest and best Rob Broadfield Weekend yet.”
Jesse Blake and Rob Broadfield at the Rob Broadfield Weekend for Telethon in Broome last year.