Sunday 13 March 2022
Bringing the community together around food, laughter and fun to support an important cause
Join us for an unforgettable night celebrating talented local chefs, fabulous food and wine, and plenty of entertainment and fun – all the while supporting one of WA’s greatest charities, Lifeline WA.
The inaugural Matagarup Bridge of Kindness Gala Masquerade dinner, to be held on Sunday 13 March, 2022, will be an exclusive event for 600 guests hosted by Lifeline Ambassador and Chairman of Mondo Community Warriors, ‘Prince of Flesh’ Vince Garreffa and his team of event specialists.
More than 60 celebrated Perth chefs including Stephen Clarke, Sophie Budd, Chris Taylor, and Peter Manifis will be donating their time, creating signature dishes to tantalise your taste buds.
The Gala Masquerade dining experience theme will be styled by Lifeline WA Ambassador and world-renowned Perth fashion icon Aurelio Costarella.
Entertainment will include talented young Western Australian entertainers from WAPPA, Noongar and renowned Perth singers and musicians. Plus, interesting Western Australian entertainers and indigenous performers.
We believe that when a community comes together that anything is possible.
Our unique Gala event supports Lifeline WA and the incredibly important job they do saving lives across the country, every day. There’s no better way to raise funds for such a great cause than gathering as a community around food and community on a Bridge of Kindness.
Behind the Scenes
The Matagarup Bridge of Kindness Gala Masquerade dinner 2022 is brought to you by Mondo Community Warriors, a local charity that uses food and hospitality to raise money for worthy causes. The Warriors have been running charity events 25+ years and raised over 5 million dollars, and strongly believe that community is based on support and looking after each other.
Mondo Community Warriors (MCW) is a non-denominational, not-for-profit, deductable gift recipient registered organisation. Servicing Lifeline WA and other local grass-root charities and individuals in Australia.
Incorporated in 2010 as a Tax deductable charity by Perth butcher and self-proclaimed ‘Prince of Flesh’, Vince Garreffa, and fellow founders Stephan Jenner, Michael Tamburri and Patron Graham Mabury, the volunteer-driven organisation has raised millions of dollars to date with fundraising activities. Although Vince and friends only established MCW in 2010, he has been fundraising for over 30 years.
The organisation employs no staff and has no office overheads ensuring it meets its founding principles of being run and supported by volunteers always. Every dollar donated or raised in profit is passed directly to its recipient charities.
Meet Event Amabassador
Vince Garreffa is one of Perth’s larger-than-life characters, known for his hilarious anecdotes, philanthropic spirit and popular butcher shop, Mondo di Carne. Born in 1951 in Calabria, Italy, he travelled to Western Australia as a five-year-old boy and his family established itself in Northbridge (Perth) in the early 1950′s.
Vince and Anne Garreffa opened Mondo di Carne (World of Meats) in 1979 – a shop that is now one of Australia’s premier gourmet butchers.
Even more remarkable is the work Vince and Anne put into supporting local charities. Over 25 years, the couple has raised over $5 million for Lifeline WA and other small charities. With their team at Mondo di Carne, Vince and Anne have hosted the Butcher’s picnic and the annual Elmores Lifeline WA Charity brunch in their Mt Lawley home each year, with proceeds going to Lifeline WA and other small charities.
Lifeline WA’s origins began with a radio show; the Nightline program on Radio 6PR, hosted by Baptist Minister Graham Mabury.
For 33 years, Graham Mabury was a light in the darkness for hundreds of thousands of radio listeners in Perth providing companionship and compassion, entertainment and encouragement for people from all walks of life.
Today Lifeline WA provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24/7 telephone crisis support on 13 11 14.
Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can contact Lifeline. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation, Lifeline’s trained volunteers are ready to listen, provide support and referrals.
It costs Lifeline WA over $4000 to train each volunteer in the skills to answer calls on the crisis support line.
What would Rudy say to a person who is struggling….
“Although things are really difficult right now – you are not alone, and there is still hope”
What would Rudy say to someone who is nervous about calling 13 11 14?
“It’s OK to feel nervous. The volunteers are very caring and you can only talk about what things you are comfortable with sharing”
Like many people who seek help from Lifeline, she never wanted to end her life but her emotional pain was so great that she couldn’t see a way forward alone. She made the brave decision to pick up the phone and ask for help.
“I’m eternally grateful to them, I don’t know what their name is – I just remember she was a female. I have no recollection of anything else except for the fact that she told me I was worth it. She told me that life would not be better for my kids if I wasn’t there. That’s my story.”
Our Partners and Supporters
We are grateful for the upfront generosity and gifts of kindness we have received from a broad array of partnership and supporters, with many confirming in the coming months as we continue to consult with various stakeholders and ramp up our marketing strategy.