Leading the Way to Lend a Hand to Those Less Fortunate

Melbourne Cup mania is sweeping through Bali, and Solemen is racing for the win to help the island’s disadvantaged population. In the past year, the number of men, women, and children under their care has doubled! As of September, of this year, they are looking after 1,772 of Bali’s less fortunate and the number grows day by day as new cases are continuously brought to this humanitarian organisation’s attention. Now that’s a lot of Solebuddies who need our help!

Thanks to the support of Solemen’s generous sponsors and donors over the past year, they have been able to ease the suffering of more than a few! This Bali based non profit NGO has provided no less than 24 wheelchairs to individuals who could not afford them. Food packages are being distributed monthly, along with nutritional milk for adults and children. Solemen has also been able to sponsor three rural children to attend school, and they’ve built four houses for local families in need!

Solehouse, a place where the Solebuddies are able to stay when receiving treatment or recovering from medical procedures, is funded entirely by donations and sponsorship. Made ‘Yudi’ Pranata lives in the Karangasem region of eastern Bali near Mt. Agung. Yudi is eight years old and suffers from Epidermyosis Bullosa, a painful genetic condition which causes the skin to blister and fracture easily. His younger brother, who also suffered from EB, died at the age of four. Death from infections and skin cancer and disability among those who have EB is common. Although Yudi has been in and out of the hospital, he was able to start school this year! The Solemen Outreach team ensures he has check-ups every three months, and they provide Aquaphor cream and Melolin dressings to reduce the risk of infection.

This year, Solemen will also be launching the ‘Health Education Project’ targeted at educating Bali’s rural population. Four health education booklets developed and designed by the Solemen team have been written in simple Bahasa Bali and illustrated with images and topics that are regionally specific. The booklets include examples of healthy meals that are culturally appropriate and highlight locally grown and readily available produce.

Topics addressed in the booklets include: First Aid, Healthy Pregnancy, Personal Hygiene and Nutritious Diets. A series of workshops will follow the distribution of 12,000 booklets across regional Bali in order to further improve understanding regarding the booklet information as well as provide an opportunity for community members to ask questions to the Solemen team and undergo simple health checks. The ‘Health Education Project’ is a result of a Community Grant Scheme, (CGS). It is a small grants initiative funded by Solemen partners, the Planet Wheeler Foundation, and managed by AVI. Solemen was fortunate enough to be awarded this grant earlier in 2018. The booklets produced were funded mainly through grants, not direct donations.

It is through community grants such as these as well as the continual and much appreciated support from generous sponsors, businesses and individuals in the community that allow Solemen’s Outreach Programs to ‘benefit the poor, the disadvantaged, the ‘diffabled’, the homeless and the marginalised in Bali.’ Lend a hand to support a Solebuddy and help this organisation to assist even more of those less fortunate who fall through the cracks and do not receive help from the existing network of charitable organisations and government programs. To donate, or offer assistance contact Solemen today or come along and support the Solemen team on Tuesday November 6th for Melbourne Cup Day at Finns VIP, where all proceeds from raffles, auctions and sweepstakes on the day go directly to Solemen Indonesia to continue their tireless support for our island communities.

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Dom Dolla’s in da House for Halloween

At Finns Beach Club, they love any excuse for a party and the line up for Halloween this year promises a night of hellishly good fun! Three international DJs will lead the way on the decks for some serious dance tunes and the scene gets going from 9pm through until the wee hours of the morning so dress for dancing!

No tricks…… just treats, but you’ll need to be there early to make the most of the 500 free drinks Finns has on offer. First in first served, this gift is only for the girls sorry fellas, but I’m sure your Halloween date will be happy to share the love…… or not!

As usual, general entry into Finns is free. The regular minimum spend for day beds applies but better still, nab one of their awesome Double Day Bed and Booth packages! Grab five of your gals and pals and split the cost. RP4 million means six peeps can secure a double day bed or booth and you can make it your Halloween HQ for the evening. This comes inclusive of RP4 million in food and beverage credit AND a free bottle of Chandon bubbles to really get the party started. Booking one of these packages also means you are entitled to escorted entry, high speed wifi, bottle service, towels for when the dance floor heat gets too hot to handle and you head for the pool and a Beach Club Welcome Pack.

Hot off some of the USA’s highest profile dance spots, Dom Dolla is definitely the drawcard DJ for Halloween this year at Finns. Since a long standing stint in the Aria Club charts due to a successful collaboration with Go Freek on winning single, ‘Define’ in 2015, this artist’s popularity has gained momentum, propelling him towards the enviable position of Australia’s most in-demand electronic DJ and producer. Despite his rapid rise to success, Dolla has continued to hone his technical skills, something that audiences are finding pleasantly evident in his remixes of Flight Facilities, Peking Duk, PNAU, Rufus, Monkey Safari and Madison Avenue. Fresh from international success at EDC Las Vegas, Splash House Palm Springs and ADE Amsterdam, an ARIA nomination for 2017 under his belt and over half a million monthly listeners on Spotify, this DJ’s highly anticipated appearance at Finns for Halloween is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Buoyed by support acts Loups and LPR, Finns dance floor will be spot to be until 3am.

Garb up in your ghoulish best or just dress to impress for Finns Halloween party on Wednesday October 31st. To avoid disappointment it’s always best to book ahead for booths and day beds and ensure you don’t miss out on any of the top spots close to the action. Halloween costumes may not be mandatory code on the night but dress ups are more than welcome and always heaps of fun so break out the broomsticks or get your Harry Potter on. See you soon at Finns Beach Club for some Halloween fun? Hell yes! FINNSBEACHCLUB.COM


Finn’s Melbourne Cup Charity Lunch Raises Funds For Solemen

Party enthusiasts are already racing in to secure their table at the island’s hottest Melbourne Cup event and with just under two months to go until those fine fillies bolt from the barriers, tickets are already 50% sold! Finns will once again host Bali’s biggest and best lawn party but this year the event moves to an exciting new venue, their VIP Beach Club – a fitting location to hold such an elegant soiree, where fashion and finery is the order of the day. Judging by the large number of tickets sold already, this year’s new home for Bali Melbourne Cup celebrations certainly seems to be a people pleaser!

As well as the promise of a cracking good party for every guest, Finns annual Melbourne Cup function also serves as a major fundraiser for the highly regarded and hard working local humanitarian group, Solemen Indonesia. A much needed helping hand to the less fortunate for nearly eight years now, Solemen was formed in October 2010 to raise awareness and provide funds to support accredited agencies and projects for the disadvantaged in Bali. Their tireless efforts during this time have served to provide medical assistance, housing, education, food, clothing, transport and support to those who desperately need it as well as raising public awareness to the plight of those who might otherwise continue to suffer in silence.

Monies raised from auctions, sweepstakes and raffle ticket sales on Cup Day at Finns all go directly to Solemen Indonesia, making it one of the largest fundraisers of the year for this not-for-profit organisation. Proceeds from Melbourne Cup 2016 alone raised Rp 290 million with a further Rp 300 million in 2017 and the goal for this year is to up the ante even more! Fundraising for an amount the likes of this does not occur without incredible generosity and donations from the local business community by way of amazing vouchers for accommodation, experiences, travel and exquisite prizes all up for grabs on Tuesday, November 6. Major event sponsors, Chandon, Heineken, Jose Cuervo and Evian have also contributed to ensure the continued success of this year’s event as well as guaranteeing adequate ‘hydration’ for party goers!

Finns Cup Day parties are unrivalled as far as Melbourne Cup celebrations go on the island and every year guests are treated to international entertainment, fine food, wine, bubbles and fashions on the field followed by an evening of music and dancing. The race itself is telecast from 12 noon but what follows on from this is always fabulous fun. Consummate entertainer and talented performer Jason Singh will take to the stage in the afternoon and Finns DJs are ready to rock the crowd on into the evening.

More than just an event appealing to island residents, Melbourne Cup Day parties at Finns attract international guests on an annual basis with many returning each year, opting to celebrate this iconic Australian horse race abroad, here in Bali! I

Now is the time to start getting race day ready. If you haven’t made any Melbourne Cup Day commitments yet, book now and be sure you get your hands on the island’s hottest ticket to the spring Racing Carnival. Ticket prices start from Rp 1.8 million (price per Finns member at table of ten) and include three hours of free flow, canapes, sit down luncheon and live entertainment. For bookings go to: