At the Gala Ball on 6 August 2011 the Christina Noble Children's Foundation celebrated it's ten years of existence as well as the lifetime of heart felt philanthropic change it has made thus far. Christina Noble was apart of the celebrations, joining the other 335 guests at the Sofitel on Collins Street in Melbourne.
Christina Noble, the most honoured guest, spoke at the ball. Her heartfelt words, although humble, were truly touching and emotionally moving with many guests left teary. Many at the Gala Ball felt truly honoured to be attending as it was their first time to meet Christina in person.
The strong kinship between the Christina Noble Children's Foundation and the people of Mongolia and Vietnam was reiterated as special guests, the Vietnamese and Mongolian ambassadors to Australia Mr Jambaldorj Tserendorj and Mr Vinh Thanh Hoang, joined in the celebrations.
An emotional meeting took place on the night of the ball as Christina was reunited with Lap, a character you may recall from her book "Mama Tina". Christina had saved Lap from a horrific situation in Vietnam many years ago. Lap is now an incredibly happy and witty young man living in Melbourne with his adoptive parents Margaret and Robert Hunt.
Both Christina and Lap were very excited, yet emotionally moved, to meet each other once again. Christina has said that this reunion was in fact the highlight of her Australian visit.
The event was a significant success with over $125,000 raised with a major donation of $100,000 received from one loyal supporter and donor.
The Gala Ball was truly an exquisite and magical celebration. The night brought together many passionate people, from all four corners of the world, to appreciate and celebrate the heartfelt life-changing work of the Christina Noble Children's Foundation.
We are forever grateful to all our ongoing supporters and all the volunteers that worked so tirelessly to make the night so memorable.