The Down Under Ball 2014


The 3rd annual Down Under Ball – 2014 held April 5th at Moscow’s Renaissance Monarch Hotel was a phenomenal success thanks to our main sponsors EY and Orica!

The Aussie Down Under Charity Ball is a prestigious event on Moscow’s social calendar, organized by the Russian-Australian Business Association in support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia, children’s mentoring program. This year’s extraordinary evening was staged with generous touches of Australiana.

Everything from the wonderful table arrangements and the huge Australian flag as the stage backdrop, to the cowboy hat sporting MC, performing live Australian rock music, a didgeridoo performance with the accompaniment of clapping sticks, an Australian photographic exhibition, a Cigar Room with free cigars and of course the incredible Australian cuisine, the crowning number here being the succulent Australian beef, proudly supplied by MLA.

The evening’s program also consisted of a charity raffle, a few of the prizes being: a large Australian Beefeater BBQ grill and the ‘Ultimate Aussie Survival Pack’, comprising a huge Techni-Ice cooler box, full of Aussie food products. An exciting auction, where among other lots was an enormous Australian indigenous painting. The amazing evening played host to accomplished industry leaders, honoured heads of the Australian, New Zealand and Irish Embassies in Moscow and distinguished guest of honour – 12 time Russian Olympic champion Alexei Nemov and his wife.

The Ball raised more than three and a half million roubles in support of ‘BBBS Russia’ – a wonderful charity, which assists and mentors at-risk children and adolescents. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia is devoted to saving the lives of Russia’s forgotten children. Their program helps children to assimilate social skills and responsibilities, preparing them for adulthood.