RFDS 90th Anniversary Gala 2018

With your help we raised the wonderful sum of £175,000
for the vital care provided by the RFDS Australia to the people of the inland

Everyone who has lived in or visited Australia appreciates the vast distances and logistical challenges the RFDS faces every day of every year.
We know the RFDS’s work is vital for people, young and old, who live and travel in the outback, on stations and in remote Aboriginal communities. From the other side of the earth,
we want to help this important work to continue – and we can!

RFDS 90th Anniversary Gala 2018


Thursday 15 November 2018
7 for 7.30pm (Doors open at 6.40)

Dress code: Black Tie

The Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Place,
Knightsbridge London SW1X 9PY

Dancing till Late

With special guest entertainment from
Kathy Lette and Adam Hills


RFDS 90th Anniversary Gala 2018 – Auction items


Jumeirah Carlton Tower : An overnight stay for two in a Superior Room


Enjoy an overnight stay for two in a Superior Room at the luxurious Jumeirah Carlton Tower. All guests will also enjoy a complimentary Continental breakfast for two in the Rib Room and access to The Peak Health Club & Spa which boasts stunning views over central London with state of the art gym equipment, sauna, steam rooms and an award-winning space and 20m indoor heated pool.

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Donated by: Jumeirah Carlton Tower

Luxury Accommodation for 2 people in a private suite for 3 nights


3-night all-inclusive Luxury Getaway at Spicers Peak Lodge, Queensland or Spicers Sangoma Retreat, New South Wales, Australia. A la carte breakfast daily, lunch daily, dinner each evening, daily mini bar, all beverages (excluding cellarmaster selection & premium cocktails). Valid 7 days a week, 12 months from date of event, subject to availability.

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Donated by: Spicers Retreats

Emirates One&Only
Wolgan Valley Wildlife reserve


Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is an ultra-luxury conservation-based resort, located 2.5 hours drive from Sydney in the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains region. Set on 7,000 acres of carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve, the resort combines absolute luxury with a quintessentially Australian bush experience.

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Donated by: Emirates One and Only Wolgan Valley

Scott Hallsworth: Private dinner


Legendary Australian chef, Scott Hallsworth, has offered to cook a pan-Asian extravaganza for up to 8 people in your home.  The evening will include all food, wine and staff to serve you and your guests.  Having been head chef at Nobu Park Lane for 6 years, Scott went on to set up Nobu Melbourne. He returned to London with the much lauded Kurobuta and has since moved on to open hot new restaurant Freak Scene in Soho and is launching a pop up tour in Spring 2019.

Donated by: Scott Hallsworth

Anna Mason
Couture experience


Anna Mason began her career with Karl Lagerfeld in Paris, moving on to MaxMara and Valentino in Italy and then Amanda Wakeley in London. Anna is offering a personalised bespoke experience with a made to measure version of one of her signature designs of your choosing, consulting with you as to choice of fabric and fit to create an investment piece which will last a lifetime.

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Donated by: Anna Mason

Fly with the Royal Flying Doctors!


This incredible prize has been very kindly donated by the Queensland section of the Royal Flying Doctors Service. The RFDS will fly you and your guest from Brisbane to Cairns (return commercial flights) with two nights accommodation where you will join the RFDS Cairns-based team in its clinic aircraft travelling around the far north and being part of the team out in the field This will be followed by a tour of the Northern Queensland base, the largest in Australia. To be taken any time in the next 12 months, ideally this lot works best during April to September to avoid the wet season.

Donated by: Royal Flying Doctors Service

Dinner for Six at Granger & Co:
with surprise special guest


Renowned restaurateur, chef and Australian icon, Bill Granger of the eponymous Granger & Co has generously offered us a three course gourmet dinner with wine for six people upstairs at his “special table” in the Chelsea Granger & Co restaurant. Joining your party will be your surprise special guest – an Australian treasure. More details to follow in the course of the live auction for this very special, one-off lot!

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The Ultimate Sports Package


Calling all sports mad fans. First, take 4 guests to Manchester’s Etihad Stadium’s corporate box to watch Manchester City take on Crystal Palace on 22 December 2018 (full hospitality package but excluding transport). Second, on Saturday 16 March 2019, join the Six Nations crowd at Twickenham for England v Scotland with 4 tickets in the East Stand Premium Area. Third, watch England v Australia with two tickets to the sold out opening day at Lord’s during the Second Ashes Test 14 August 2019 with undercover seats in the Upper Grand Stand and hamper lunch.


A Year’s Membership:
67 Pall Mall, St James’s


To a significant degree, disappointment at being unable to enjoy fine wine at sensible prices is what originally moved us to found the Club. Unlike most wine lists in the Capital, we work on the basis of a small cash mark-up, rather than a multiple of the cost price. Our mission is to entice our Members to pull the cork and discover a new wine facilitated by the Club’s proficient team. We are very pleased to offer the Royal Flying Doctors an auction prize of a year’s membership to 67 Pall Mall. Moss Wood are also throwing in a magnum of 2016 Chardonnay.

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Donated by: 67 Pall Mall St James

The Ledbury
The Ultimate Food Experience


The Ledbury restaurant has two Michelin stars and is rated in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants (currently No. 14). It was created by renowned Australian chef Brett Graham. The voucher is for two tasting menus with matching wines at lunchtime (Wednesday-Friday) and is valid for 18 months.

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Donated by: The Ledbury

Zermatt in Winter


“Zermatt in Winter”
Framed A3 fine art print.
Hahnemuhle photorag ultra smooth.
Inkjet print.
Picture taken with a Light 16 camera.


Donated by: Joy Maxwell-Davis

Dinosaur Designs: The ultimate Australian design


An exquisite resin cheese platter and knife donated by the ultimate Australian design brand Dinosaur Designs. All Dinosaur Designs iconic resin products are made by hand in their Sydney studio to the finest standard.

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Donated by: Dinosaur Designs

Luxury accessories brand, designed in London, sourced around the world


Large french basket with palm leaf applique and leather handles, beautiful woven coffee coloured hat, emerald green beaded earrings handmade in South Africa and a jungle clutch for keeping all those beach essentials tidy.

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Donated by: CrossLow London

Riedel Swan Decanter


One of Riedel’s most sought after products, the Riedel Swan Decanter embodies the natural grace and elegance of the bird it was inspired by and named after. The body of the decanter mimics the gentle curve of a swans back and its exaggerated, elongated, straight swan like neck narrows to an elliptical lip that provides a perfect drip free pour.

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Luxury two night stay at Hoste Hotel. Burnham Market, North Norfolk Coast


Two night bed and continental breakfast with dinner on one night including house wine in a Hoste Divine room.  Located in the centre of picturesque Burnham Market, just a couple of miles from the stunning North Norfolk coast The Hoste is a unique Hotel and Spa consisting of 62 luxurious bedrooms spread across a range of properties.

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Donated by: Bee and Brendan Hopkins

Kim Partridge:
1 day Interior Design Consultation


A one day interiors consultation by award winning London based Interior Designer. Recommendations to include an interiors scheme concept, spatial layout and sourcing ideas.If not in your home/workspace then can be day spent consulting at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, London.

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Donated by: Kim Partridge Interiors

Mud Australia and Aesop – relaxation paradise


 Two iconic Australian brands to indulge you on a rainy day. Sip a relaxing tea from your set of Mud Australia“nestle cups” – two stunning handmade tea cups and saucers made from Shelley Simpson’s handmade iconic yellow porcelain. Meanwhile indulge in your “Sway” gift set from leading bath and beauty brand Aesop containing its best-selling Resurrection hand collection and Geranium Leaf body range. A delight for the senses.


Bandlish & Auplish: Dental check up


Full dental examination Zoom teeth
whitening with custom made trays.

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Donated by: Bandlish & Auplish Dental Surgery

Natural Medium Raccoon Fur Collar


The collar has been hand made by a specialist London furrier, using responsability sourced fur.
The collar is back with satin lining and has a hook and eye fastening to ensure the fur collar sits together at the center point. This collar gives any garment an elegant sparkal and can carry you from day to night.

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Donated by: Philippa London

Iconic photograph of a mob of emus in outback Australia


A3 fine art print, hahnemuhle photorag ultra smooth, 305gsm Inkjet print

Donated by: Ruth Sandow

Haig Club Clubman Whisky bottle signed by David Beckham


Haig Club Clubman is a modern and stylish single Grain Scotch Whisky developed in partnership between Diageo and global icon David Beckham and British entrepreneur Simon Fuller. Distilled at Cameronbridge Distillery, founded in 1824 by John Haig, Haig Club Clubman is matured exclusively in Fresh Bourbon Casks which give a layer of wonderful sweet, vanilla and coconut flavour to the Scotch.

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Donated by: Diageo

Zhik: Gear made for water


Set sail in cutting edge attire from the leading water sports clothing brand, Zhik – the gear of choice for Olympic and world champions around the globe. Zhik was launched when its founders spotted a gap in the market for innovative and technically proficient sailing gear with a stylish edge. This fabulous prize includes both a men’s (XL) and women’s (M) red “Kiama” jacket and two structured sailing caps in white – sizes may be exchanged subject to availability.

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Be one of the first people to read Jeffrey Archer’s latest book


“Stylish, witty and constantly entertaining, The Times” you will thoroughly enjoy the read. Jeffery will autograph the book for the successful bidder.”

Donated by: Jeffrey Archer

Signed Australian Cricket Shirt


Take home a slice of cricketing history with this shirt worn by Australian Test Cricketer, fast bowler Jackson Bird, during the 2016 tour of Sri Lanka and signed by all his touring teammates. Framed and ready to hang to delight sporting enthusiasts.


Luxury on the Hawkesbury River, NSW


Enjoy 5 nights for up to 8 guests in magnificent Fisherman’s Point perched high on a cliff overlooking the Hawkesbury River. Valid until May 2020 kindly donated by Ian Gowrie Smith.


Cleverly Laundry -Luxury loungewear


We have a gorgeous package of goodies up for grabs including a cotton terry robe in khaki, a set of three-striped superfine cotton towels and cotton pyjamas in off-white, all packaged up in Cleverly Laundry’s signature denim laundry bag. Just picked up in the UK by Net-a-porter’s Mr Porter, be ahead of the fashion curve in your own home.


A day at the races!


Four lucky people will spend a VIP day courtesy of the famous Newbury Racecourse in Berkshire with Premier Enclosure badges, racecards and a 3 course lunch with wine in the beautiful Hennessy Restaurant, followed by afternoon tea and an invitation to visit the Parade Ring during the afternoon. Choose from a large selection of race dates throughout 2019 (subject to booking at least 2 weeks prior to the selected date).

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