Record $640,000 raised at River4Ward 2017

Sony Music artist Daryl Braithwaite along with a plethora of Sony Music star artists such as Jessica Mauboy, Dami Im, Anthony Callea and newly announced Eurovision contestant, Isaiah wowed the crowd as they performed from a floating stage at today’s River4Ward.  


This is the third time that Sony Foundation utilised Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River to host a large custom-built barge entertainment stage, and the performers truly rocked the river as Melbourne’s favourite long lunch raised a record $640,000 for Sony Foundation’s youth cancer program, You Can.


Celebrities including Richard Wilkins, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Tim Campbell and Giaan Rooney hosted the event as nearly 400 guests were treated to incredible performances, fine dining and fundraising. The day ended in spectacular style with all five Sony Music performers hitting the stage together with a never-before-seen rendition of Braithwaite’s classic, ‘The Horses’.


“We are ecstatic to have raised such a phenomenal amount in our third River4Ward event. It is truly heart-warming to see corporate, government, celebrities and media networks come together to raise serious funds for You Can” said Sony Foundation CEO, Sophie Ryan.


“Sony Foundation is determined to fill the gap between adult and paediatric care by building specialised youth cancer centres and services for Australia’s young cancer patients. The large scale funding event that Rver4Ward has become, allows this to happen.”


River4Ward is raising funds for Sony Foundation’s youth cancer program, ‘You Can’. Funds raised are directed to the building of a specialised youth cancer centres around Australia for 15-25 year olds with cancer. This year’s River4Ward will also fund Sony Foundation’s ‘virtual You Can Centre’ to be known as ‘The You Can Network’. This online platform will enable young patients, their families and friends to connect with those going through similar issues regardless of their proximity to a physical You Can Centre.


Following a $1.5 million donation from Sony Foundation, Australia’s second You Can Centre was opened at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Parkville in August last year. Since opening, over 550 teenage and young adult patients have received treatment at the world class centre.


Click here for the full gallery from the event.