Black-tie ball to support vulnerable children living in Africa

01 Jan, 2016

A Ugandan orphan turned child rights activist will be the guest speaker at child sponsorship charity Compassion Australia’s first black-tie ball fundraising event.

Newcastle residents are invited to attend A Night of Compassion: Hope From the Hunter to enjoy an evening of fine food and entertainment while supporting vulnerable children living in Ethiopia and Ghana.

Compassion graduate Lillian Nakabiri, who grew up as an orphan in Uganda, will share her powerful and inspiring story of hope in the face of unimaginable hardship on the night.

Lillian’s mother died and her father was kidnapped when she was just a baby. Raised by relatives in a crowded home, Lillian’s life was one of hunger and despair. Today, Lillian is a passionate advocate for the rights of children living in poverty.

The evening, held at Wests League Club, will feature fine dining and live entertainment from soul powerhouse Ms Murphy, a past finalist on The Voice.

“We’re really excited to be hosting our first black-tie ball in Newcastle,” says Compassion Australia Communications Manager Matt Darvas.

“The Hunter is a generous community who really rallies around people doing it tough, and we know the stories of families living in poverty shared on the night will be motivating and inspiring.”

A Night of Compassion will be held on Friday March 11 at Wests League Club, New Lambton.

Tickets are $160 each, with the option to book a table of 10 also available. For more information about the evening or to book tickets, please email

To arrange an interview with Matt Darvas, please contact Michael Cauchi.

Contact details

Michael Cauchi, Compassion Australia Media & PR Specialist: T 02 4935 5000 ext. 2279 or E:

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