On Saturday 27 August, raize the roof is hosting its fifth Gala Ball at QT Hotel, Canberra.

Stay up late with raize the roof for an enchanted evening with host Amanda Whitley from Her Canberra.  The fifth raize the roof Gala ball is a gathering of Canberrans who are changing the world and supporting kids a little less lucky. Among the glitz and glamour, be entertained and inspired with amazing speakers and uplifting performances including Sebastian Terry (, Amber Nichols (The Voice), Minh Ha, Big Boss Groove and more.

You will have the opportunity to make a real difference through an auction or raffle on the night. Early bird tickets are available until 30 June and all tickets include drinks and canapés on arrival, a five hour drinks package, three course meal and entertainment. Tables seat 10 guests, but individuals can purchase tickets too!



We are very proud to have SHL Development on board as a Gold Sponsor for the raize the roof Gala Ball. Find out more information here:

We would also like to welcome the Club group as a major sponsor of the event. Find out more information here:



If your business or organisation are interested in being involved as a sponsor for the event please email

To view the list of exciting auction items at the event, click here.


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Check out the short video from the trip co-founders Lincoln and Danielle Dal Cortivo took to Botswana, to walk in the shoes of those a little less lucky. It can be viewed here:

Check out this short video created by Sharni Williams, she created for our team:


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Day 23: Up, up and away.

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What a day it’s been! When things are on a roll, they are ON A ROLL!

I mean, it’s probably not the most logical of times to be undertaking 30 day challenges that end on the day you fly out overseas for 5 weeks, or organising events prior to departure—but when there are kids’ lives and livelihoods at stake… there’s no rest for the wicked.

It’s quite weird how the world works. Not only is raize the roof picking up the pace and its momentum, the same deal seems to be flowing over into all other parts of life. You name it, it’s cranking! And not just for me, but for others too.

Like Alex. She’s cranking away and getting on board the raize the roof band wagon. This month we’ve secured a new partnership for raize the roof and it’s all things travel related!

We’re super excited to announce that Reis and James Travel Associates in the ACT are partnering with raize the roof.

This means that Reis and James Travel Associates will sponsor the raize the roof charity house project by buying up a storm on our website.

So, please get in contact with Alex Cooper. Freecall 1800 017 849! You can track her down here:

Remember, the more referrals that come from raize the roof the greater the sponsorship. Just mention raize the roof when you’re booking your next trip and sit back and enjoy your Reis and James experience!

And finally, to really inspire the traveller within, I will leave you with these words of wisdom from the Doc himself!


Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss


Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places!

You’re off and away!


You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes

You can steer yourself

any direction you choose.

You’re on your own.  And you know what you know.

And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

Let the adventure begin…or continue…either/or.


Day 22: This is your first warning.

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Ladies and gentlemen,

Keep Tuesday, 26 August 2014 free. Your taste buds will thank you.



More details to follow, when Facebook Event Page photos behave in a far more agreeable manner. Who needs pixels anyway!



Day 21: The up and down of it.

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Woah! Three weeks into the challenge already!

This can only mean one thing…it’s time to see what everyone’s generous time and contributions has created for raize the roof.

Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you our Success Tracker Board as at 21 July 2014.


Extraordinary results to date: All signs continue to point to success.

We’ve recruited more followers, seen an increase in donations, an increase in momentum. Oh, and an increase in upcoming events!

Lessons learnt: It’s super important for your own sanity, and the sanity of family and friends, to remain patient, resilient and positive! Amazing things do most definitely happen…sometimes all you need to do is ask!

Followers on Twitter: 186 @raizetheroof

Total online donations: $112,605

Number of cement bags remaining: 200 (same but will be going down once the computer refreshes tonight!)

Number of bundles of bricks remaining: 998

Likes on Facebook: 438

Average daily website hits: 234

All in all, it’s been a very successful couple of weeks. We’re heading on and up in terms of followers, donations, Facebook likes and website hits.

And we’re going down where it matters most, with less bundles of bricks for sale and less bags of cement up for grabs!

The raize the roof team would like to say a huge thanks to all those who have been getting involved, sharing the word and donating!

Thanks to your contribution we are edging closer and closer to commencing construction on the Charity House!


Day 20: Reflecting and respecting.

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As the weekend comes to a close, it is a perfect time to reflect on where our challengers have been, and where they are going.

First up.

Remember Rochelle? (

Rochelle likes alcohol.

Prior to July, Rochelle was enjoying lots of alcohol.

But Rochelle committed to giving up alcohol as part of our 30 day challenge.

It’s been 19 days since Rochelle’s last drink.

According to Rochelle, the first two weeks were hard. Really hard. Her social life was not conducive to her anti-alcohol ways.

But, she’s been embracing life as a non-raging alcoholic.

And she’s made herself a self appointed designated driver.

Sickness has crept in. This has helped prevent her from drinking. Cough, splutter and nasal juices do not mix well with alcohol cravings.

Regardless, she’s going great guns. However, while she reflects on what a great job she is doing in this new land of sobriety, she does confess that it’s making her crave alcohol. She’s sustaining! And doin’ it for the cause.

And then we had the pleasure of meeting our second challenger.

On day 7, we were introduced to the dancing, singing, pop-diva wannabe Eva. The girl with the love for Adidas masseurs and snap pants – remember her? How could you forget! (

We learnt a little more about Eva’s addiction for sugar. And her lack of love for riding bikes.

Eva’s been working out like a true Olympic athlete in the making. Adidas would be crazy not to sponsor her! She’s been reducing her sugar intake and eliminating all things unhealthy and delicious from her diet. It’s been 13 days and she’s still going strong.

Afternoons are the most challenging time of her day, especially with fundraising chocolates lurking around every corner, tempting her taste buds on a daily basis.

She’s resorted to consuming massive batches of sugar free jelly and munching away on lots of fruit. Oh, and smashing down the sugar craving hatch copious cans of sugar free drinks.

Together, Rochelle and Eva are changing the world, one day at the time!


Day 19: Cue cringe.

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You win some, you lose some.

What’s meant to be, will be.

Wise words of wisdom/annoying cliches. Whichever way you view it, today was their day to shine!

What am I talking about? It’s gotta be seen to be believed.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I guess it’s just the way the cookie crumbles.

And that’s all there is to it.

Sweet dreams!

Day 18: Email ecstasy.

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Got an email.

It wasn’t spam!



Day 17: Captain Squee

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Attention cadets! Stand to attention to meet a very special Captain!

Introducing, Captain Squee – one of the Canberra Hospital’s resident Captain Starlights!

While all the Captains we know usually run a pretty tight ship, THIS Captain is all about…having fun!!

Here’s what Captain Squee has to say about her life as a Captain Starlight!

The best part of being a Captain Starlight…is bringing smiles to such wonderful young humans. I also love coming to earth everyday on our bright red rocket ship and listening to music the whole way. I love making tunes, making balloons and bringing fun to kids rooms! And rhymes, obviously.

The most challenging part of being a Captain Starlight… sometimes people think my name is Captain Squeak instead of Captain Squee! But other than that I love a good challenge! If you ever meet me at the hospital, challenge me with something crazy. I promise to always try and make you laugh.

Most people don’t know that… I am scared of the dark. Luckily for me, back on my planet, Captain Neon glows in the dark and she walks me to the bathroom in the night time!

I would tell my 8-year-old self …to learn to surf! It looks like so much fun. Oh, and not to be scared of the dark. And to always remember that chocolate is a breakfast food.

The person I would most like to meet is… I already meet them everyday! It’s all the awesome kids we hang out with at the hospital. And a real life tiger. I would love to say hello to a tiger.

The talent I would most like to have is… the ability to make a whole outfit out of balloons. Anyone want to try? FUN!

My motto is: “People who smile always look beautiful. Even if they have spinach in their teeth” Squee

All going to plan some of our team will be visiting Captain Squee and her fellow Captains at the Canberra Hospital in the coming weeks! We’ll definitely keep you posted about the mischief we get up to!

Over and out!

Day 16: A day in the life of an obsessed email checker.

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A day in the life of me. Wednesday style.

Wake up nice and early.

Roll over. With one eye open check Twitter, Facebook – my page and raize the roof page, Personal Email Account 1, Personal Email Account 2, raize the roof email account and work email account.

Love the Email Fairy.

No raize the roof email replies. Send a raize the roof related email in hope the Email Fairy will repay the favour and I will receive a reply.

Breakfast. Straight down the hatch while jumping online and doing second check of said email and social media accounts. Obsessed? Yes! Don’t wanna miss a thing—Aerosmith style!

Check raize the roof account one more time. No responses to most recently sent emails. Remain positive – it’ll happen. Gee, Email Fairy is being a little ordinary today, very unlike her. Check sent items. Better to be safe than sorry.

Emails definitely sent.

Out the door.

Arrive at work.


Morning tea – handful of nuts. Down the hatch.

Back to work.

Lunch – check emails. I’m still waiting for replies. What’s doing in Email Fairy land? Consume quinoa salad. Delicious and healthy. I’m still hungry.

Work some more. The perfect distraction. Email Fairy? What’s that?

Generous and intuitive staff member buys white chocolate raspberry bullets. Consume. No time like the present. Share some with staff. By some, I mean one. Still working on sharing skills.

Keep working.

HOME TIME! Celebrate. Drive home.

Straight onto the computer at home. Check number of views of new raize the roof video here:


Check raize the roof email. Still no reply. Email Fairy is not my friend.

Time to mix things up. Send some emails about raize the roof.

No replies. Tempted to start writing assertive emails to the Email Fairy; she might reply.


Check Twitter, Facebook – my page and raize the roof page, Personal Email Account 1, Personal Email Account 2, raize the roof email account and work email account.

Still no emails. Really not liking the Email Fairy today. Wonder where the hell she is.

Get distracted. Google “Email Fairy”. This is what appears.

That explains it all. I’d like to put my foot up that tutu and kick him into action!

Give up.


With one eye open do last check of Twitter, Facebook – my page and raize the roof page, Personal Email Account 1, Personal Email Account 2, raize the roof email account and work email account.

Still no reply. Email Fairy needs to stop checking her Twitter account and pay attention to my inbox traffic. STAT!

Tomorrow will be a better day. Email Fairy better deliver. Otherwise, Email Fairy is going down. And not to funky town.


Instantly awake. Grab phone.

One unread email in my inbox. I love the Email Fairy! I knew she’d pull through.

It’s spam.


Day 15: Kicking goals for the cause.

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Woot! And we’re live!

What happens when a remarkable local Australian rugby union player from Canberra contacts you asking if she can get on board raize the roof?

You freak out. Get VERY excited! And faint! (Ok, so that’s a little extreme!).

Miss Sharni Williams, aka Rugby Rookie of the Year 2008, Australian Women’s Player of the Year 2010, qualified mechanic and soon to be videographer, is responsible for this piece of promotional perfection!

This was her contribution to our 30 days: 30 ways to make a change challenge.

Check it out peeps!

And, cue tears.

And leave.

Day 14: Oops.

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Meet Oopsy Daisy.

She visited today. A number of times. Isn’t that cute? Indeed, for little kiddies. For this old duck… not so much.
Perhaps it was the nature of her visits that was unwanted. The delivery of her ‘gems‘ of wisdom.

First cab off the rank; the joy of discovering that our website has been rocking out with a somewhat inconvenient glitch. An expensive glitch.

It’s on the mend.

Enter surprise number two: the discovery of unread emails. No biggie. Until I read them and realised they were emails from new supporters keen to become volunteers. Emails that were trapped in an expired email account. From important supporters, who were keen to volunteer…a year ago.

I’m on a responding spree.

Oh. It’s Upsy Daisy not Oopsy Daisy, isn’t?

That’s it. I’m out. I’m heading to the night garden.

Now where’s IgglePiggle?