- Raise money to support the Simon Rhoden Foundation mission.
- Organise fundraising events such as the Rhodes Cocktail Party and Artichoke Classic Events.
- Raise awareness of CF in the general community.
- Enjoy organising & contributing to an important community service.
The 2010 Mt Kilimanjaro Mountain Climb
At the end of February 2010, Kerrianne, generously dedicated her adventure to climb Mt Kilimajaro to the Simon Rhoden Foundation. Her efforts, both in successfully climbing the mountain, and fundraising, helped SRF raise approximately $6,500 dollars.
The 2nd Artichoke Classic
The 2nd Artichoke Classic event was held down on the Mornington Peninsular again, with over 50 cyclists on the 60km ride, as well as over 20 for the smaller 10km ride. The weather was "challenging", with strong winds and a little rain. Nevertheless, we all headed out, and once again competed for the Artichoke Classic King of the Mountain. There were sensational prizes and auction items again, and it was a fantastic day, raising over $7000 for the SRF. Thanks to all those who participated.
2008 Cocktail Party
One Fitzroy Street was chosen as the venue, proving that an outdoor balcony and a beach view can still be enjoyed in Winter! The crowd was a vibrant mix of Simon's old mates and new and we raised over $23,000 on the night. MC Stanley commanded the evening with such panache that people were still dancing at 3am - not bad for us old farts !
The Inaugural Artichoke Classic Cycle Event
In April 2008,over 40 cyclists headed down to the stunning Mornington Peninsula region to embark on a 60km scenic ride through Main Ridge and Red Hill. We all finished up at T’Gallant Winery with a total of 80 people for lunch and a splendid feast of gourmet pizzas and local T’Gallant wines, enjoyed by all. As it was such a resounding success, with great feedback from all participants, the next Artichoke Classic is in the pipeline.
2006 Cocktail Party
Simon would have been proud that we unearthed Acland Street's hidden gem, the St Kilda Army and Navy Hall. To create a different vibe, we opted for a cocktail party - converting a decrepit hall into St Kilda's most exciting destination for the night.
The 2004 dinner saw us cram over 400 people into the stately Malvern Town Hall. DJ Manny kept the dancefloor full all night. The auction raised tens of thousands of dollars for the service and the diamond necklace proved to be a very popular raffle prize!
More than 300 people enjoyed an evening of entertainment at St Kevin’s College in Toorak, including Peebo and Dagwood, alias Peter and David Bissell, identical twins from Brisbane with CF who have developed the most popular clown act in Queensland. A five piece dub band: The Red Eyes, from New Zealand and a fast-paced and exciting live auction ensured we raised over $50,000.
The inaugural dinner, held in August 2002 was at the Middle Park Bowling Club and attracted over 220 guests to celebrate Simon’s life and raise money for the Simon Rhoden Foundation. Over $22,000 was raised from ticket sales, auctions, raffle & donations. The night was a resounding success