AWNY Annual Charity Wrap Up – May 2014 to April 2015

by Peta Arthurson

Over the past 12 months, I have been privileged to lead the AWNY Charity Role with the support of an amazing committee. Over the year we have held a number of events and were able to donate substantial funds to extremely worthwhile charities. Here is a brief overview of these events and charitable donations.


In July, attendees were inspired by the work of Audette Exel whose profits from her corporate advisory firm Adara Group, fund her foundation working with communities in remote Uganda and Nepal, improving health, education and development projects. This event was supported by the Macquarie Group.

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In October, we held a sellout event at the exclusive Soho House, where Georgina Duckworth spoke about the mission of the Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy. They assist in the acquisition of land for use of conservation of threatened species and ecosystems in remote Australia. We were able to raise and donate $861.70 from this event and we continue to promote other fundraising events held by Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

AWNY SSF Volunteer Day

In December, six fabulous AWNY women attended the Sanctuary for Families Volunteer day where we wrapped and sorted presents for the families in most need of gifts at Christmas. A number of AWNY volunteers were also helping at an invitation mailing day in April.

Working in the USA

In March, Belinda Jackson’s, annual Working in the USA event was kindly sponsored by QBE and this enabled us to give the profits of $990 from the event to Sanctuary for Families. Sanctuary for Families provides domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children with a range of comprehensive services.

With our additional funds raised of $1,500 from various other events throughout the year, the committee unanimously decided to donate this to the Adara Group to assist with current earthquake relief efforts in the communities in remote Nepal. Here are some more details on the work of Adara Group in Nepal.

We trust that you will agree, that the above charities were all worthwhile causes and that with your support, we were able to achieve these excellent results.

This year, the Charity Lead role is Taya Sedgman, who is already coming up with marvelous ways to ensure the members of AWNY help with our charity efforts.

If you would like to read more about any of the above charities, please see the below links. Thank you again for your support and I look forward to raising more money and awareness this year.

Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy Event: Australia Day Party at Soho House


Sunday, January 25, 2015
Soho House
29-35 9th Avenue, New York

Even though you may live far away, we still call Australia home!  And there’s no better time to toast the Land Down Under than on Australia Day!

Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy invite New Yorkers and patriotic Aussies to celebrate Australia Day at Soho House on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 2pm.

Let’s join forces to commemorate all things Australian… ice cold beer, sizzling snags off the BBQ, a sing along to a Johnny Farnham classic or two and admire Australia’s unique wildlife.

A smorgasbord of raffle prizes will be on offer, including cases of iconic Coopers beer, a pyramid of Tim Tams, Aussie delicacies (remember Allen’s Snakes Alive?), Aesop beauty pack and restaurant vouchers from Burke & Wills.

In lieu of a ticket price, a donation to Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy is greatly appreciated (suggested donation $50 – $200 per person).  All funds raised from the Australia Day party will go towards protecting Australia’s threatened wildlife and their unique habitats.

This event is SOLD OUT. However, if you would like to make a donation or find out any further information about the Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy please email Georgina Duckworth –

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Happy Australia Day in NYC 2015

Australia Day is Monday, January 26th and there is a wealth of celebrations to be part of commencing this coming weekend. Below is a list of what’s on offer.

The Australia Day Black Tie Gala is on Friday, January 23rd at Cipriani Wall Street.

The Liberty 29 W 35th Street, New York
New York Magpies present Australia Day
Saturday 24 Jan. 8pm-4am – Free drink with entry, Aussie beer and wine specials, live music by Dave Young, Aussie sport on TV and a special appearance from Keith the Koala. Complimentary food available from 8-9pm. Dress in your best Australiana costume for a chance to win great prizes.

The Thirsty Koala – 35-12 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria
Saturday 24 Jan. 8-11pm – Munch on meat pies, sausage rolls and cheezymites. Aussie drink specials flowing and live jazz music. Raffles and prizes all night long from Coopers.

The Australian20 West 38th Street, New York
Sunday 25 Jan. 8pm-4am – Triple J’s Hottest 100
Monday 26 Jan. Free Coopers on entry between 3-4pm, Skype session with Jimmy Barnes at 5pm, live music from 6pm.

Northern Territory12 Franklin Street, Brooklyn
Sunday 25 Jan. 4pm-late – DJ playing throughout the day, lamb burgers and lamb lollipops, kitchen specials, free Coopers gift give away, $6 Coopers pale ale draft pints all night and raffle prizes to be won.

Soho House – 29-35 9th Avenue, New York – SOLD OUT
Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy Event present an Australia Day Party at Soho House
Sunday, January 25. 2-7pm – In lieu of a ticket price, a donation to Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy is greatly appreciated (suggested donation $50 – $200 per person).  All funds raised from the Australia Day party will go towards protecting Australia’s threatened wildlife and their unique habitats. SOLD OUT

Flinders Lane 162 Avenue A, New York
Sunday 25 & Monday 26 Jan. – Special 3-course menu created by chef Chris Rendell.

Burke & Wills226 W 79th Street, New York
Monday 26 Jan.  5.30-11pm – 5-course special dinner menu with all Australian wine pairing. Reservations essential.

Bluestone LaneWest Village, Financial District, Midtown East & the new Bryant Park store, New York
Australia Day promotion – Half price key Australian espresso coffee beverages including: Flat White, Long Black, Magic and Piccolo Latte.

Down Under New York Tech MeetupBiergarten at The Standard Hotel 848 Washington Street, New York
Monday 26 Jan. 7-10:30pm – Casual drinks to celebrate Australia Day.

Whatever you do to celebrate Australia Day AWNY wishes you a happy one. Just to get you in the mood check out this cute video ‘STRAYA’ a parody of Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’ with lots of great images to make you homesick.

Friends of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Event review: Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy at Soho House

by Pamela Allen

AWNY members and friends were invited to the exclusive members-only club Soho House a few weeks ago to network and learn about important work of The Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

The Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) was founded by Martin Copely in 1991 with the aim of protecting the natural habitats of our endangered species as Australia has “the worst mammal extinction rate in the world”. Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy, a not-for-profit organisation founded in New York in 2006 works closely with the AWC, with their company mission and guiding philosophy being that no creature should become extinct. It is clear their efforts are helping make this goal a reality.

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Shannon Marshall & Georgina Duckworth at Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy event, hosted by AWNY at Soho House, NY.

Georgina Duckworth, an Australian woman living in New York, heads up Friends of AWC and spoke during the event, enlightening the room about AWC’s successful projects in Australia and their need for increased funding and donations.

Georgina has a history of working in the non-profit sector in Elephant conservation and blood cancer awareness before realising her true calling with Australian wildlife.

“I just want to save habitat […] I want to save land and by saving land I will save wildlife”, she said.

The importance of saving the world for the next generation was cemented for Georgina after she became a mother, and this has played a role in inspiring her admirable work.

Event attendees also learned about EcoFire – an award winning fire management program of deliberately lit, controlled fires that work to reduce the destruction often caused during fire season. Land burnt by EcoFire ensures an uninhabitable environment for natural fires, which usually wreak havoc on the homes of unsuspecting wildlife. These efforts are proving to be successful in reducing the impact of natural bushfires.

Everyone was also surprised to discover that feral cats kill 75 million native animals every night in Australia and pose a greater risk to endangered species than the dingo.

One of the highlights of the evening came toward the conclusion of the night, with a clip from Channel 7’s Sunday Night showing the work of the AWC, footage of the breathtaking Artesian Range in the Kimberly and recognisable shots of Kakadu hats and audio showcasing the familiar Aussie twang. The use of the word “bugger” pulled on the heartstrings of every Aussie in the room. In fact, you can watch the same clip below:

Raffle Prizes

There were also some amazing prizes up for grabs in the raffle draw. Lucky attendees got their mitts on an array of fabulous goodies including skin care packages, signed books and most importantly, Arnott’s chocolate biscuits.

1st Prize – Beauty Hamper Kindly Donated by Aesop including Geranium Leaf Body Scrub, Geranium Lead Hydrating Body Treatment, Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser and Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream – Total Value – $156

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1st prize winner Mary-Anne O’Sullivan with her Aesop gift basket.

2nd Prize – Award Winning Book Collection by Maree Coote including The Art of Being Melbourne and The Melbourne Book

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2nd prize winner Christie Koudstaal with books by Maree Coote.

3rd Prize – A selection of Arnott’s Chocolate Biscuits

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3rd prize winner Anita Davison with her Arnotts goodies!

The AWNY event proved to be a huge success among event attendees and organisers. AWNY now host, on average, three events a month, giving Australian women the chance to mingle, make friends and escape from the hustle and bustle of this fabulous and fast paced city. If you would like to keep updated with new events, register for our email newsletter.

Donate Today

If would like to help AWC in their work to save Australian native animals, please donate today, or if you would like to speak directly with Georgina to see how you can help from New York, contact here by email.

Thanks To Our Event Partners

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Join AWNY & Georgina Duckworth from Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy for Networking, Conversation, Wine & Nibbles At Famous Soho House New York

AWNY welcomes members and friends to a rare and unique opportunity to network and learn about the Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy at the exclusive Soho House New York in the Meatpacking District.


WHEN: Tuesday October 7th, 2014
Doors Open 6:15pm for 7pm start

WHERE: Soho House New York, 29-35 9th Ave, New York


COST: $10 members | $15 non-members cover – Cash Bar

DRESS CODE: Soho Chic, Dress to Impress, No Suits

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