Selfless helpers

MORE than 100 people have volunteered to help at this year’s Long Table Dinner.

Whether it’s waitstaff, kitchen-hands, or muscle to set up the tables, there’s a whole host of willing bodies ready to do their part to support St Pat’s major annual fundraiser.

“We have had an overwhelming response,” said St Pat’s Volunteer Coordinator Melanie Watkins. We were just blown away when our 800 tickets sold out in a matter of hours…and then we’ve had so many people contact us, wanting to donate their time.”


Last year the dinner raised over $20,000 for the disadvantaged in the greater Fremantle area.

It’s hoped that this year’s total will exceed that figure substantially.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said St Pat’s CEO Steve McDermott. “We are so grateful to the National Hotel and the Fremantle Business Improvement District for their invaluable support.

“It’s fantastic to see businesses coming together to support our community’s most vulnerable people.”

For his part, volunteer Ludo Place is thrilled to be involved.

“It’s such a great event, being part of it is a real buzz,” said Ludo whose day job involves managing The Blue Duck café in Cottesloe.

Ludo also volunteers at St Pat’s Rack and its op shop on Adelaide Street.

“I love the feeling of the evening—everyone is so excited, it’s so festive, but there’s also the special feeling of coming together to support people who are not as fortunate.  It’s a unique way to give back.”

St Pat’s staff says they have enough volunteers for the evening, but if people would like to contribute, they can donate prizes for raffles and the online auction on the night.

“We’re looking for gifts large and small,” said Melanie Watkins. Whether it’s a stay in a holiday home or items that could be popped into a hamper…we’d love to hear from you!

“With 800 people attending the event, it’s a great chance to get your name out there.”

Melanie can be contacted at


And it wouldn’t have happened without the generous support of:
Platinum sponsors
PAV, Austal, Leeuwin Estate

Gold sponsors
Advance Care, MiCasa Property Boutique, Compass by Mirvac, Bendigo Bank, Alsco Linen, Kailis Seafood

Major donors
City of Fremantle, Ford and Doonan, LF Publishing, Hire Society

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