Phil, you absolutely killed them! Tony Leonard said you were far and away the best auctioneer he’d ever seen in action and you made 25% of the total raised by yourself – a great compliment.
Sandy HunterAuction coordinator, Old Geelong Football Club
Phil, you must take a great deal of the credit for all the compliments we have received. The auction made more than reserve on every item and I have heard nothing but praise for you ‘expertise’. Everyone at the function has said that the Gala was the ‘best yet’ and are already looking forward to next year.
Alison RobertsonFormer Chief Executive Officer, Life Education Australia
VSK … Footy Fever Debate was a winner!
Friday, 7 September 2012
The annual Footy Fever Debate supporting Very Special Kids was again a huge triumph, a fitting way to start of the AFL final series. The breakfast was held in the MCC Dining room and attracted a crown of over 500.
Hosted by Channel Seven’s Hamish McLaughlin saw the two sides debate “Is AFL tougher than Rugby”… Speaking for the affirmative was the former Federal Tresurer, Hon Peter Costello, former Geelong Cat’s Captain and great, Cameron Ling and of course debate regular and awarding scribe, The Age’s Caro Wilson. Speaking for the negative was John Ribot former Sport Administrator and NRL Star, former Wallaby Hooker Adam Freier and now sports commentator and NRL legend & co Fairfax colleague of Caro’s, Roy Masters.
The Rugby boys had an uphill battle with a pro AFL crowd but as always the debate provided huge entertainment. The major fundraising was done prior to the debate with a live auction and pledge conducted by myself. The pledge was $900 which is the cost for one child for one night’s stay in the VSK house in Glenferrie Road Malvern. The breakfast raised just short of 250k, not bad considering it was 8.00 in the morning. Seriously, it was an absolutely amazing result and will go along way to help the raise 1.7 million dollars needed every year to keep the house running.
Congratulations to all the many volunteers and the team at VSK, especially Amber Myers, who all do such a fantastic job.