For it is in Giving That we Receive
Bali residents have indeed been asked to dig deep this year, especially in light of the ongoing Mt Agung evacuee crisis, however despite the added drain on pockets from an inevitable drop in tourist numbers affecting the island as a whole, it is heartening to see the spirit of Christmas still alive and thriving.
Since it’s inception well over fifteen years ago, the Annual Ladies Charity Christmas Lunch has been a popular end of year event and judging by this year’s turnout on Tuesday December 12th, little has changed. From an idea that grew among a group of like minded long term island residents, this annual lunch has evolved over the years as an opportunity to raise funds for the children of the island’s orphanages; spreading a little cheer among those who have little.
Many a Rupiah has been raised over the past decade with much of it in recent times benefiting the children of the Anak Anak Panti Asuhan Damien Orphanage in Alor – an island to the North West of Timor. In an effort to ‘spread the love’ and assist even more children and their families, this generous group of gals formed the charity, Living & Learning in late 2016, enabling them to distribute funds raised from each year’s luncheon to any registered Yayasan (non profit or charitable foundation) dedicated to the growth and education of children.
As in previous years, funds generated by this year’s event will again be directed first and foremost to the Alor Orphanage with residual monies to be distributed among other well respected charity groups who have also collaborated with Living & Learning in the past – Bali Jepun, Bali Children’s Foundation, Harapan and Bali Mother & Baby House. Some of the funds raised are also to go towards assisting the Mt Agung evacuees.
This year’s annual lunch was once again hosted by intimate Petitenget eatery, Jemme and was well patronised by an enthusiastic group of charitable ladies who were not only looking for a great day out, but more importantly seeking an opportunity to show their generosity to those less fortunate.
The dress code was a festive Rudolph red and guests arrived decked out in various shades of crimson. Arms laden with brightly wrapped Christmas gifts for the kids of Alor Orphanage, their purses were also packed with Rupiah to purchase raffle tickets and try their luck at winning their fair share of prizes. And what a swag of prizes there were! Along with tropical island or country getaways and luxurious villa stays, raffle spoils included stunning jewellery, gift vouchers for clothing and hand made gifts, prestige boat cruises, drink and dine vouchers, yoga memberships, hair and beauty and more… Winner winner roast chicken dinner!!!
Raffles drawn, cocktails consumed and sumptuous roast lunches devoured, it was time to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon and imbibe in a little more Christmas cheer and there was plenty to go round!
The success of charity lunches the likes of these are due in no small part to the generosity of local businesses and entrepreneurs; many of whom are repeatedly called upon to donate prizes. This year has seen an even bigger demand for charitable donations to help raise funds for the volcano evacuees yet people continue to keep on giving! Huge appreciation must go to those who offered up prizes for the event along with Jemme restaurant for hosting the day. Special mention also goes out to Louise Henry, Jacky Ames and Jane Swinson as well as many others who gave up their valuable time to ensure the lunch was again a success.
A little goes a long way to helping those who are unable to help themselves, providing an opportunity for younger generations to work towards a better education and a more prosperous life for their families. To find out more about the contributions Living and Learning have made to date as well as taking a sneak peek at some of the pictures snapped at last week’s luncheon click on this link to their Facebook page.
Stay tuned for an update soon regarding the total amount of funds raised from this year’s event!
The Decks are set to spin @ Finns for New Year’s Eve
Get the crew together for what is set to be Bali’s Biggest NYE part at Finns Beach Club.
From 3pm on December 31st, the doors to Finns Beach Club fly open and they’ll be ready to party with you and the DJs from the afternoon into the evening. Second Release General Admission is available from just Rp 1,000,000K for the opportunity to be entertained by internationally acclaimed artists. Warm up your dance moves in the afternoon to Finns best resident DJ’s, taking you on a musical journey through Berawa’s famous sunset and into the night. Further into the evening things really heat up with Aussie made Hayden James taking charge at 9:30pm.
Breaking into the Australian music scene in 2013, James has forged a path into Aussie and international charts in just a few years beginning with his first hit, ‘Permission to Love’ along with two successive ARIA nominations for sensations, ‘Something About You’ and ‘Just a Lover’. Setting the electronic dance scene alight with his unique yet simplistic style, James is all about producing solid sounds with a little funk for his audiences.
Take the tempo up a notch from 11.30pm when headliners Flight Facilities take to the stage to bring in the New Year with their infectious DJ set. Internationally acclaimed for their fun filled performances, this DJ duo guarantees you’ll be begging to hit the dance floor to ring in the new year with their mix of house and techno flavoured edits.
What better way to toast 2018 than to the music of Claptone. Fresh from his summer in Ibiza along with a recent world tour spanning the US, UK, Australia and Europe, Claptone comes to Finns Beach Club for the start of the new year to entertain you with his mesmerising style. A maestro of house music, the German DJ combines quirky beats with indie tones resulting in an eclectic and undeniably entertaining performance.
With an awesome international line up such as this, secure the best spot on the dance floor and take advantage of Finns VIP & Platinum ticket options. Platinum entry starts at just RP2 million per person and tickets are limited for exclusivity. Platinum guests can enjoy the benefit of an indoor nightclub, cocktail bars, a private pool and raised viewing platform side of stage. Platinum Plus ticket holders will enjoy free flow drinks including Chandon and Canapés from 7pm – 10pm.
New Year’s Eve 2017 at Finns Beach Club means uninterrupted entertainment until 3am with world class music, stage dancers, roving performers and Bali’s best fireworks display at midnight to seal the deal. For full details about the numerous Platinum and VIP packages available as well as discount options for Finns Bali members, take a look at the events page on the website: finnsbeachclub.com.
Don’t delay, tickets are selling fast, with VIP Lounge and VIP Booths already sold out, don’t miss being a part of the biggest New Year’s Eve yet at Bali’s best beach club.
FINNS BEACH CLUB
Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu – Bali
Let the Good Times Roll Into 2018
What better way to celebrate the new year than with a pool party at Bali’s best beach club! Dust off the cobwebs from the night that was and join everyone for a hair of the dog and a day by the pool at Finns Beach Club for their New Year’s Day Recovery Party!
The first day of the year is something to celebrate, but who’s kidding who?, we all know the night before will be a big one too! Finns New Year’s Day Recovery Party starts at midday (just so you can get a little beauty sleep!) and they’ll be celebrating the start of 2018 for 12 hours straight with DJs, entertainment and even more fireworks!
Don’t spend the day in bed nursing a sore head and a packet of Panadol….. The great outdoors is a far better remedy so join in the fun at Finns and spend the day by the water, soaking up some much needed Vitamin D and kicking any remnants of a hangover to the kerb as you party around the pool and dance to the beat of the new year. Grab your your cozzies and your favourite copilots because Finns NYD Recovery Party is where it’s at on the first day of ’18 and with 6 bars and 2 pools and DJs all day and into the evening, there’s plenty of opportunity for fun.
Single day beds and bean bags are not usually available for advanced bookings at Finns however January 1 promises to be a big day! To avoid the disappointment of missing out on a prime pool side position, Finns is offering a pre booking option on all seating so get in early and secure your bean bag or day bed and save while you’re at it!
Entry is free. A minimum spend applying on all entry options before 9pm with 100% credited towards food and beverage purchases. Choose from general admission, bean bags, single or double day beds, VIP booths or even the DJ VIP Booth or platform to get up close and personal and into the action! All bookings are entitled to VIP entry. Full details regarding pricing for each entry option is available at: finnsbeachclub.com when you check out the ‘what’s on’ tab at the top of the page the click on ‘book now’. General admission starts from just Rp250K minimum spend and prebooking guarantees you’ll be part of the party!
Don’t leave it until the last minute in the hope that you might be able to waltz in and plonk yourself into a poolside pozzie as chances are you’ll miss out. Be the early bird, book ahead and guarantee a spot at Finns Beach Club for you and your friends on January 1st. It’s a New Year, the festive season is still in full swing and it’s the perfect pace to watch the sinking sun and drink a toast to what might come in 2018. Selamat Tahun Baru!