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The Winter Seasonal Feast 2016

jenniferYuThe second in a series of Seasonal feasts at Simon and Victoria’s new home in Tasmania raised some extra funds for Scarlets Fund. The Feast is an extraordinary nine-course meal prepared by chef Hugh Flint for a group of 14 people and takes place each Season – the next one is 5 November 2016. Each meal features music from a local young musician – this time is was 18 year old pianist Jennifer Yu.

2016 suggestions for giving


This year Scarlet’s Fund will dispense four stipends to the value of $1250 to support young creatives volunteering in a creative capacity to a developing community in Australia or overseas.
Our steering committee have identified a number of projects we are keen to support, specifically:
Mittagundi Outdoor Education Centre
A music program through SEMPRE
Malighat Community School in Bihar, India
Publishing with community in Wugularr, NT via Kids’ Own Publishing
Seven Women, a Nepalese charity empowering marginalised women through skills training and employment (founder Stephanie Woollard gave Scarlet advice when she travelled to Nepal in 2010)

Additionally we are open to suggestions if you know of a project that is a good fit. Scarlet’s particular interest in East Timor, Nepal or a strong environmental project come to mind…

If you are interested or know someone who would benefit, or have suggestions of partner projects email for more information.

Lana Kains at the 1450 Summer Seasonal Feast


The Summer Seasonal feast was a great success, with 16 people enjoying an extraordinary seven course meal.

To accompany our feast we supported young classical singer Lana Kains to perform for us. Lana, 18, is studying a Bachelor of Music at the Hobart Conservatorium and is a rising star in the opera world. She is a recipient of the Elizabeth Wade Tasmania University Scholarship in Music and recent winner of the Joshua Cooper Memorial Award and the Cecil Trowbridge Memorial Award. She was a soloist for Gondwana Voices during their 2012 China tour, their 2013 Kimberlys tour and their 2014 Taiwan tour. In 2014 she was involved in a tour to France and Belgium with the Hutchins and Collegiate combined choir who represented Australia at the dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux. In 2015 she performed as soloist with the Gondwana Centenary Chorale in Sydney’s Government house.

This meal was the first in a seasonal series. For us, these meals are about connecting people through amazing food and wine, and the art of hand crafting – in this case, food – with any surplus funds going towards the fund. The next feast will be at the end of April.

The first Seasonal Feast at 1450


On Saturday 27 February 2016 we shall host the first of a series of seasonal feasts cooked by Hugh Flint (above) for a group of friends. All the proceeds of the meal go towards this fund. Invitations to the feast are extremely limited and through personal invitation only.


20 Songs for Scarlet 2015


Thanks to all for a fantastic night on Saturday celebrating 20 Songs for Scarlet. Performers included Katie Fowler, Thomas Wadleton, Hanna Rundman, Didirri, Maddy Leman, Anna Calder, Tall Shores, Sienna Thornton, Two Steps on the Water and Georgia Spain.

IMG_7540The wonderful MC for the night was Ailsa Wilde. It was a great evening with exactly 20 songs being performed and enjoyed by an audience of around 150 people. Thanks for making the evening a success and to everyone who made a donation. We raised enough money on the night to completely support Scarlets Prize as well as cover the costs of the event (although of course all the musicians gave their time free). Thanks to everyone involved!

20 Songs TONIGHT


We hope you can get to 20 Songs for Scarlet tonight at Alphington Wetlands at 7pm. We  have a barbecue and salads and some beer.. but you can bring your own to eat, drink and barbecue as you wish…  The setup looks fantastic and the lineup is going to make it a wonderful night of music. Ailsa Wilde will be MCing the evening and we will have a couple of buckets for donations to Scarlet’s Fund. See you there!

Scarlet’s Prize 2015


After two great nights at The Alphington Bowls Club Scarlet’s Prize was awarded to the best upcoming local musicians. All the entrants were fantastic. Eleven and a half year old Eloise sang, Louis treated the club to some contemporary jazz, while second time entrant Lucinda, singing with Eddie and Jim, performed three great covers. The winner, however, was a four piece band (Louis, Tom, Cajun and Ricard) singing their own composition. The winners will receive a slot at the upcoming Wetlands Music Festival as well as a two hour recording session at Studio 52 in Collingwood. Well done to all who took part and to the organisers of the event, Andy and Ann.

20 Songs for Scarlet

On Saturday evening 14 November we shall, once again, be presenting 20 Songs for Scarlet at the Alphington Wetlands. This is not a fund raising event but intends to keep our Fund community aware of whats going on and through music celebrate the life of Scarlet. The 2013 event was a huge success with many of her friends giving their time to perform on the night.

We are looking for performers for this year. We are really after only one or two songs each for this fun night. Some refreshments will be served. If you would like to perform or help in another way we’d love to hear from you.

May 2015 update…


As part of Simon’s Master in Social Investment and Philanthropy we have been thinking hard about the real objectives of this fund.

We have worked on a theory of change: what impact do we think the fund can have and how do we best achieve that?

Here’s a summary of that intention.

Scarlet’s Fund supports young peoples’ engagement in creative projects (including music, publishing and environmental projects) in developing communities. By increasing confidence, skills and empathy through arts projects young people build their capacity to contribute creatively to a just world in ways connected with Scarlet’s name.

The support for Eliza to undertake a small project while travelling in India (see below) provided a great opportunity to support that community and also harness her enthusiasm to give her time and skills to those children.

Over the coming months we shall create a small advisory board for the fund who will be responsible for the giving of grants and also to organize future fundraising and community awareness events.

Saturday 14 November we shall host the second 20 songs for Scarlet – a community event for our friends celebrating her memory in music. Watch this space for more information.

In the meantime it’s the end of the financial year ands so now is a great time to make a donation to the fund. All donations above $2 have tax deductible status. You can donate via the link above – just look in the drop-down box for Scarlet’s Fund on the Australian Communities Foundation donation page.


Lives in Himachal Pradech with Eliza Herbert

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Scarlet’s Fund is delighted to have been able to support Eliza Herbert to run a small book making and publishing project in India. She said ‘I encouraged them to write books about their lives in Himachal Pradech so they all created books about loving India, about Thalli and Suni the local towns, and included India flags and flowers and things. There were 25 kids from grades 6,7 and 8… They told me that they have never done anything like it before, that they never use colour at all, they have no scissors, no glue, no pencils etc. Even though it is supposed to be one of the better schools in the region.
The worst part is that I couldn’t leave the stationary I bought with the school because the teachers apparently take them home for themselves and do not give them to the kids. So instead I am going to give them to the charity Asra that was started by Kelly’s friend Puran (the family that I am staying with). They are running a number of programs for poorer kids in the area and were delighted at the idea. I feel that the gifts will go to much better use this way and the kids will actually get to use them.


We are so pleased Eliza was able to undertake this work. This is a wonderful project for Scarlet’s Fund as it supports creative engagement with children, in a developing community and also helps empower Eliza to undertake such work. Well done Eliza – thanks SO much!!