On Saturday 22 November 2014, Sally Nicholes and Linda Rayment represented NFL and walked the purple carpet and attended the 17th annual Starry Starry Night ball at the Palladium at Crown. NFL have worked closely with the AMF on various projects over the years and were proud to support their fundraising night.
More than 1,000 guests attended the event, which was hosted by Daniel MacPherson and Edwina Bartholomew and raised over $800,000 to go towards the Foundation’s work of keeping children safe from violence and bullying.
The night saw various performances from local and international music talent including Bars & Melody (BAM). BAM were discovered on Britain’s Got Talent earlier in 2014 when their audition clip reached over 55 million YouTube views! Linda and Sally had the pleasure of meeting the Bars & Melody duo consisting of rapper, 12 year old Leondre Devries (“Bars”) and singer, 14 year old Charlie Lenehan (“Melody”). BAM performed their hit single ‘Hopeful’, written from Leondre’s own experience with bullying.
NFL are supportive of all the work AMF do and the programs they offer, which include:
- Buddy Bags
- In 2007, AFM introduced buddy bags, which are backpacks containing new and essential items, such as toiletries, pyjamas, socks, underwear and a pillowcase, as well as comfort items such as a book, photo frame and teddy bear to support children in emergency care.
- The buddy bags are then delivered to foster care agencies and domestic violence refuges across Australia. AMF have delivered Buddy Bags to more than 50,000 children across the country since the program began.
- National Centre Against Bullying
- It’s very confronting to discover that 1 in 4 children experience bullying. The AMF had created a National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB) which is a peak body working to advise and inform the Australian community on the issue of childhood bullying and the creation of safe schools and communities, including the issue of cybersafety.
- The NCAB has led to the implementation of E-smart, helping schools, homes, libraries and other businesses manage cybersafety and deal with cyberbullying and bullying in the digital age.
- Children Ahead Program
- AMF runs a holistic program to help restore children and assist with their physical, social and emotional development after being exposed to traumatic events or violent circumstances.
If you would like to support the great work of AMF or would like to find out more about their projects and how you can get involved, please contact the Foundation or donate at amf.org.au