A Night for the Angels

The evening began with a montage video to paint the picture of what AS is, with beautiful photos of some of our precious angels. Andrew Morello, the first winner of Australian Apprentice, was our Master of Ceremonies.  Andrew had an incredible ability to keep the guests focused on donating money.  During the live auction, Andrew even managed to get two guests bidding against each other for nothing! This alone contributed $4,500 towards our total. Read more...

A Night at the Races

The inaugural 'A Night at the Races' was held in Launceston, Tasmania on Thursday 14 April to raise awareness and money for Angelman Syndrome.  The event was created by 'Take Flight' a new group set up in Tasmania that is a sub foundation under the FAST umbrella with all net proceeds raised donated to FAST.

Take Flight was established by Launceston-based family, Emma and James Price,  parents of 2yo Charlotte. The by-line used in the Take Flight logo is 'Giving Our Angels Wings', this reflects Take Flights goal of raising funds and awareness of Angelman Syndrome to give all of our angels the wings to fly and reach their full potential.

This event was the first fundraising and awareness event for Take Flight and attracted more than 310 people to enjoy a night of racing under lights in Launceston.  The night featured nine races, six of which were sponsored by Tasmanian based organisations, with the other three races named 'Take Flight', 'Giving Our Angels Wings' and 'Angelman Syndrome'.  These races were broadcast live nationally on the night.

A raffle was held on the night with some great prizes up for grabs including return helicopter flights with lunch at York Cove in George Town, two night's accommodation at Country Club Tasmania and a 3 month premium membership at Launceston Aquatic, as well as a host of other prizes. Each person attending the night received a 'Gift from the Angels' bag that included some great offers, vouchers and information about Angelman Syndrome and FAST.  Money was raised through ticket sales, corporate sponsorship, prize raffle and other donations, resulting in over $13,000 raised for FAST.  Just as importantly, over 310 people now know a lot more about Angelman Syndrome.

 

Retro Night @ Soda Tree 

The Soda Tree Café & its generous owners hosted an intimate event in Montrose Victoria earlier this year with a 50's, 60's, and 70's theme. Wild Turkey, a well-known Melbourne Rockabilly band, generously played at a heavily reduced rate and soon after they started, the dance floor came to life with every one of the 40 guests up and dancing. Organised by board member and AS Parent Jo Davis, door prizes were donated from local businesses such as The Good Guys in Bayswater, Dare to Be Bare in Montrose, Montrose Pharmacy, Max Brown and the Professionals and wine donated from Innocent Bystander winery.

Pictured (L-R): Damien & Virginia Knight, Jo Davis

EveryDay Hero Events

With the help of the amazing people at Everyday Hero, families and supporters of FAST have signed up for all types of events across the country. From fun runs and Marathons to pub crawls, there is an event for everyone!

Visit Everyday Hero & search for existing events, or add your own.

Pictured (L-R): Josh, Belle, Kaetlin, JesseBrodie, Zac, Sebastion, Mia and Peta Perrie at the City to Bay fun run in Adelaide

Fighting for Angels

Queensland Angelman dad, Troy Crane, has taken his passion for boxing to a new level by establishing the FAST Charity Challenge event.  Troy has garnered the support of local community businesses who contributed to the purse for event.  Troy won the inaugural bout, and has since defended the title;  as a result he has now raised over $5000 for FAST Australia.  Now that is truly putting his body on the line in the name of charity!  Congratulations Troy on an amazing achievement.

Suncorp Black Tie Dinner 

The employees of Suncorp Legal Services exceeded all expectations when they raised over $6000 for FAST during a Charity dinner in Brisbane. The amazing dinner was put together by Angelman family member, Emily Lucas (Auntie to Hannah & Alex), who enlisted the help of her fellow employees at Suncorp Legal Services to pitch in to make the night an incredible success.  Beautiful dinner, fantastic band, and amazing company - all while raising awareness into Angelman Syndrome. 

Pictured (L-R): Jen Kyriacou & Emily Lucas

Launch of FAST Australia

FAST Australia opened the ‘doors’ for business in 2010 to promote research and understanding into Angelman Syndrome on our shores. Inspired by the mission and energy of FAST in the US we believed the time was right to meet the growing need for research here in Australia.

 

Pictured (L-R): Professor Chris Oliver, Chloe Simmons


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