A Week of Tigers, Jade and Charity

Pendragon Management was lucky enough to attend two wonderful evenings for charity in the past few weeks.
 
On Friday, I was lucky enough to attend a fantastic charity event organised by Animal Works. Animal Works is a registered Australian not for profit association that works with partners around the globe to conserve wildlife. Their mission is to make conservation everybody’s passion by spreading the word about the state of the natural world and what we can all do about it. To achieve this, they work to draw attention to the plight of threatened species through visual mediums, striking artworks and the written word.
 
The event saw twenty-six of us sit down to ‘Dinner with the Tigers’ in the brand new Sumatran Tigers exhibit at Taronga Zoo. We were shown around before having dinner – right next to the beautiful animals.
 
100% of the money raised from the evening went to help the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, which is invaluable – did you know there is only four hundred Sumatran tigers left in the wild?
Animal Works founder and worldwide acclaimed artist Nafisa created some wonderful paintings for the evening, and she has also created a calendar for 2018, featuring the beautiful animals with all proceeds going directly toward the endangered Sumatran tigers.
 
We were also treated to a live cross to India, where the globally renowed animal film director Mike Pandey gave us a sneak peek at his new project, ‘Looking for Sultan’. The World Premiere of the film will air on the Discovery Channel on the 30th of October. Mike also shared his own experiences of encounters with the tigers in the wild, and explained just how the funds raised on the evening will go on to help the scarce number of tigers left in the wild.
 
The next night, some of the Pendragon team and myself attended the 2017 Sydney Colour Ball supporting Redkite, which was being co-run by one of our clients SAP. Redkite provides essential support to children and young people who are diagnosed with cancer and their families, from the point of diagnosis until after treatment finished.
 
Hosted in Doltone House, jade was the chosen colour theme this year, and the room was glowing with green lights. There was a moving speech for one of the people Redkite had helped, cancer survivor Shelby, and auctions with fantastic prizes to raise money.
 
The night ended with fantastic music as the girls from the office kicked off their shoes and danced the night away.
 
Charity is something very close to my heart, and I am honoured that I was able to help two fantastic causes over these past weeks, and I lucky enough to also be attending The Humpty Ball later this week. The ball helps the Humpty Dumpty Foundation raise money to purchase much needed life-saving medical equipment for children in hospitals across Australia.
 
Most charities need our support to survive, so I encourage you to look around and find a cause you would like to support, and maybe get a wonderful experience at the same time.
 
John
Pendragon CEO

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