Phil’ comes ‘round to raise $160,000

21 NOV 2018

Phil’ comes ‘round to raise $160,000 

Throughout 2018, The Roundhouse has been the go-to location for the fundraising events of Phil’, the biggest student-led philanthropy initiative in Australia. This year alone, Phil’ volunteers raised over $160,000, with all proceeds going to Child Life and Music Therapy at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

The Phil’ team has been busy fundraising through small acts and big happenings all year ‘round, hosting its three main events at The Roundhouse. Phil’s Charity Concert raised $3,000; the Phil’ inaugural Gala Ball raised over $30,000 and the 24-hr Fun-A-Thon raised $55,000, concluding its biggest year yet.  

On 17 May, Phil’ hosted its annual Charity Concert, with 150 guests seated in the Main Room. The space was transformed into a theatre for students to sing, dance and perform while raising funds for this exceptional cause.

The inaugural Phil’ Gala Ball hosted 280 corporate business partners and sponsors on 2 June. The night started in the Foyer, with drinks upon arrival and various ‘fun-raising’ activities to engage guests and encourage generous donations. Guests were then shown to the Main Room, which was set banquet style with beautiful floral arrangements themed to the special occasion. Staff circled the room taking EFTPOS payments on the fly, selling raffle tickets for big ticket items such as State of Origin passes. Meanwhile, guests flocked to the back of the room for a silent auction to bid on everything from magnificent orchid displays to vintage sports memorabilia.  

During the seated 3 course dinner from Bayleaf Catering, guests enjoyed table-service, an open bar, and an array of entertainment. In addition to performances on the main stage and a live auction at dessert time, videos showing the hospital staff’s hard work looped on our projector screens throughout the night. 

The Child Life and Music Therapy team performed for the crowd, with a very special guest appearance from Oliver Bailey-O'Reilly, an inspiring patient at the hospital who struck awe and admiration into the hearts of all present with his rendition “The Greatest Show”, alongside his Music Therapist Matt Ralph.  

From Thursday 11 Oct to Friday 12 Oct, Phil’ hosted its final fundraising event of the year. The 24-hr ‘Fun-A-Thon', brings together 260 students participating in a unique challenge every hour. Our Main Room was the centre of the event, where both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies took place as well as challenges like a Zumba class and All-In-Twister.  

Phil’ made the most of its tenure, using multiple spaces for a variety of eclectic activities. Our collaboration spaces provided a safe haven for participants to nap between challenges; Club Bar was transformed into a silent disco, the Main Room went dark for laser tag and we teed up our function rooms for mini golf.  

Amanda Carlon, Arc’s Student Services Project Manager, oversees Phil’ and is the backbone of the philanthropy project. Amanda was impressed with the venue’s flexibility and how it worked for the breadth of events Phil’ hosted. 

“The Roundhouse created endless opportunities for our events. Our mission is to unite students, staff, alumni and local the community, so we were delighted that the venue had both the space and versatility to accommodate all of our guests, proving a true home for Phil’ this year. The Roundhouse staff worked with us to provide innovative space solutions, amazing theming and top-quality service.”  

And that’s a round-up of this year’s Phil’! We are looking forward to supporting the very worthy cause again next year and seeing their continued successes.

For more information about Phil' and if you'd like to get involved or donate to their fundraising efforts in 2019, contact the Phil' team below:

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