Week­end to be big­gest, best

Broome Advertiser - - News - Rob Broad­field

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.

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