On the evening of 12 October some 70 hardy souls braved the unseasonable weather to gather in support of Centipede at Glebe Public School at the Sunset Soirée. The venue, the Glebe Rowing Club premises, generously provided cost free by the club, saw those gathering party with gusto to the beguiling guitar of Sandor Troncos, enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvre created by Ridz Mopur, listen to the recollections of The Chaser in Glebe by Julian Morrow and bid enthusiastically for a variety of auction items in both a Silent and VERY LOUD manner. Overall the funds raised this year for this worthy Glebe service amount to $6,900 net.

It was great to see so many parents of Centipede children contributing to help run the event this year, and to find that our better penetration by internet exposure resulted in a wider range of Glebe residents attending, including several who had no connection with either Centipede or the Glebe Society. This annual event is certainly becoming a Glebe social calendar fixture.

Too many familiar faces to mention – but note local celebrity, Julian Morrow, and local dignitary, Jamie Parker (image: V. Simpson-Young)

Support from City of Sydney’s Cr Jess Scully and Balmain MP Jamie Parker again indicate the importance of this to our community, and along with our generous sponsors make this event a success in support of the children of our community. Special mention deserves to be made of some of our main sponsors: The Boathouse at Blackwattle Bay; Peter and Victor at the AB Hotel; Michael from Flowers on the Point; Kate from Saint John Espresso; Salisbury Hotel, Stanmore; Jenny Coopes, cartoonist; Aunty Kath Farrawell, artist; Mercia Bush, artist; The Glebe Society Inc.; Marrickville Golf; Stevie English Hair Salon; Go Get; ‘Giant Dwarf’ Comedy Theatre; several anonymous individual donors. And special thanks go to Sandor Troncos for the music, Julian Morrow, guest speaker, and Jason Kazanis, auctioneer and MC par excellence.