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Bi­viano’s sixth an­nual char­ity birth­day ball swings into ac­tion on Thurs­day Au­gust 15 and while this year’s theme is a closely guarded se­cret for the mo­ment the char­ity part­ner for 2019 is Foster Care An­gels.

The much-loved Bi­viano’s gala ball is al­ways held in Au­gust to cel­e­brate the fine din­ing restau­rant’s birth­day.

Owner Raj Ku­mar said the idea for the an­nual din­ner came up dur­ing dis­cus­sions on how to cel­e­brate the restau­rant’s first birth­day at Du­ral in 2013.

“At the time there had been ter­ri­ble bush­fires so we de­cided to raise money (to help). It’s al­ways great to sup­port the com­mu­nity and help peo­ple in trou­ble,” he said.

Since the first event the pro­ceeds have helped the vic­tims of the bush­fires, floods, The West­mead Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, The Sanc­tu­ary_The Hills Women’s Shel­ter and Tall Tim­bers, Rid­ing For The Dis­abled.

“Kids would come to us with just the clothes on their back,” said Kelly.

Every time the cou­ple knew a foster place­ment was ar­riv­ing a wel­come “care pack” would be placed on each child’s freshly made bed. It would in­clude e a soft toy, a book, a comb and some toi­letries.

“We saw the joy on their faces when they saw that,” said Kelly.

Over the years Foster Care An­gels and its vol­un­teers have put to­gether thou­sands of back­packs which are de­liv­ered to Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices to en­sure that chil­dren taken into care who ar­rive with­out the ba­sic es­sen­tials are given their own things and some­thing to hug.

This year alone it has de­liv­ered 2000 care packs. The busy not for profit now pro­vides cour­ses and work­shops for foster car­ers as well af­ter ask­ing them what sup­port they needed.

Kelly said there are 20,000 kids in Foster Care in NSW with an es­ti­mated 1200 car­ers leav­ing in the past nine months.”

She said stud­ies have shown a small neg­a­tive ef­fect that fos­ter­ing has on the bi­o­log­i­cal chil­dren of foster car­ers which is one of the causes of the de­crease. Foster Care An­gels has been de­vel­op­ing work­shops to sup­port the fam­ily unit .....

There are also reg­u­lar carer con­fer­ences. Mrs Doyle said they would also love to pro­vide an an­nual univer­sity schol­ar­ship to a foster child af­ter pro­vid­ing one to a girl study­ing so­cial work.

“Less than 3 per­cent of foster kids go through to univer­sity,” she said.

Mag Hosny from Bi­vianos said it would be an evening of great food and wine with a spe­cially crafted menu for the evening, live en­ter­tain­ment, auc­tions and raf­fles.

Cas­tle Hill MP Ray Williams and Hills Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne will be at­tend­ing and MC for the evening will be Dr Jim Tag­gart.

Prizes on the night in­clude a $5000 spend­ing spree at Robert Cliff Jew­ellers. Bi­vianos is at 628 Old North­ern Rd, Du­ral. Call 9651 2022. Tickets for the Hills An­nual Char­ity Gala Ball on Au­gust 15 are $130 and can be pur­chased try­book­ing https://www.try­book­ing. com/book/event?eid=503389&

Pub­lisher Diana Pa­ton (H2H) with Mag Hosny (Bi­vianos) and Kelly Doll, Wendy Ben­nett and Belinda Mc­Carthy (Foster Care An­gels)

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