Aussie rock legend Daryl Braithwaite and some of Sony Music’s biggest acts Including Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian, Mark Vincent, Marina Prior and UK hit singer Rag’n’Bone Man performed in support of youth cancer program ‘You Can’ at Sony Foundation’s biggest annual fundraiser, Wharf4Ward in Sydney on Thursday 27th October 2016 helping to raise a record $1.1 million for ‘You Can’.
Richard Wilkins led a celebrity line up of Wharf4Ward hosts including, Samantha Armytage, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Angela Bishop, Natarsha Belling and Adam Peacock and auctioneer Jason Roses.
Sony Music artists Mark Vincent and Marina Prior opened the show in a striking display of fireworks and an operatic inspired performance that set the pace for a day of cracking entertainment, world class dining and most importantly, raising funds for Sony Foundation’s You Can.
Richard Wilkins led an all- star line-up of hosts including Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Samantha Armytage, Angela Bishop, Natarsha Belling, Adam Peacock and auctioneer Jason Roses.
Wharf4Ward saw Sony Foundation take over the line up of restaurants along Woolloomooloo Wharf as over 800 guests from business, politics, media, celebrities and sport all came together to be part of Sydney’s longest lunch and to raise funds for Sony Foundation’s youth cancer program You Can. In addition to premium dining, guests were treated to flawless performances from Sony Music artists Guy Sebastian, Rag’n’Bone Man and Jessica Mauboy.
Aussie rock icon, Daryl Braithwaite closed the show in spectacular style with a phenomenal performance that got the entire Wharf up and dancing to his classic hits.
This year’s event took on an Italian inspired ‘La Dolce Vita’ theme as guests experienced dining on super-yachts, PlayStation Virtual Reality, fireworks, premium dining and spectacular performances by Sony Music artists.
Held across all six restaurants at Woolloomooloo Wharf, Wharf4Ward receives incredible support from Otto, China Doll, Kingsley’s, Manta, Criniti’s and Aki’s.
My young life has burnt me alive. I’ve risen from the ashes but my words come from the fire. The only difference is they’re not burning anyone anymore, they’re helping change the world and they’re here today saving lives.
Jess Olson, You Can Champion*
Wharf4Ward funds for Sony Foundation’s youth cancer program, You Can. Created by Sony Foundation to fill a gap between adult and paediatric cancer care in Australia, You Can is raising funds to build specialised youth cancer centres for 15-25 year olds. In the five years since You Can’s inception, Sony Foundation has donated $1.8 million to build Australia’s first You Can Centre in Perth, opened a second You Can Centre in Melbourne earlier this year with a $1.5 million donation and is currently building a third centre in Sydney. A Brisbane centre is under negotiation. Additionally, Sony Foundation is now fundraising to build Australia’s first youth Oncofertility Centre.
Sony Foundation’s new You Can Oncofertility centre to be built at Randwick will enable young cancer patients to have access to important fertility treatment in a specialist clinic immediately after their diagnosis. This service will be provided totally free of charge saving these young patients thousands of dollars in preservation treatment in the private IVF clinics.
“We are thrilled with the record-breaking outcome of this year’s Wharf4ward. All of Sydney joined together for a very worthy cause. This will go a long way in establishing further You Can Centres and funding our You Can Oncofertility Centre in Sydney.” said Sony Foundation CEO, Sophie Ryan.
*You Can Champion Jess Olson meets hero, Delta Goodrem
On Friday 28th October, with thanks to Sony Foundation Director Denis Handlin You Can Champion and Wharf4Ward 2016 You Can speaker Jess Olson and her boyfriend Corey were treated to a night in Sony Music’s suite at Qudos Bank Arena for Delta Goodrem’s ‘Wings of the Wild’ tour. Jess and Corey were provided luxury transfers to and from the concert as part of the experience. As a post-show surprise, Jess was treated to a personal meet and greet with Sony Music artist Delta Goodrem. This meeting held particular meaning for Jess as she is a long-time Delta fan and draws constant inspiration from Delta having been diagnosed with the same cancer.