A truly grand evening was organised by the Committee . The ACF 60 TH Anniversary Dinner Ball was held at ‘The Grand on Princes” on the 23 rd June 2018. The committee worked very hard to organise this event and what a successful night! The event was well attended by members and guests. The invites who attended the event included the High Commissioner of Srilanka HE Somasundaram skanderkumar, The Srilankan Consulate General WGS Prasanna, Hon Julian Hill member for Bruce, Hon Craig Ondarchie member for Northern Metropolitan region, Ann-Marie Hermans Liberal Candidate for Cranbourne, Gary Maas Labour candidate for Narre Warren, Dilkie Perera President Australia- Srilanka Buisness Council, Bandu Disanayake.
The event began with the traditional lighting of the oil lamp and keynote speakers spoke about the ACF contribution to Multiculturism and service to the community over the past 60 years. Rev John Blaze gave us a brief history of the Organisation. And Everton Labrooy did a sterling job as MC for the night. Music for dancing was by the versatile and very popular cover band “No Limit” and fine dining menu was prepared by the Chef ( Princes on the Grand) All the guests enjoyed unlimited cocktails or drinks of their choice which included premium scotch, beer wine and soft drinks.
The guests danced the night away, celebrating the Diamond Jubilee event of an iconic institution. The President and committee were congratulated on a organising such a wonderful event. Some guests even requested for a similar event to be organised as soon as possible.
Mother Day Luncheon was held at the Ceylon centre. It was as always, a popular event for the ACF with just over 80 members and guests in attendance. The hall was decorated with potted blooms with a pink and purple theme. We had an electricity power outage at the start of the function however it was quickly resolved and we were able to keep to the schedule organised by our very own Patsy Dirckze. Everyone enjoyed the singalong ( song books organised by Jenny were handed out) Our very own Therese Taylor was crowned “Mother of the Day” We all felt quite emotional when the song “Mother “ was played and members Fred and Therese Labrooy danced to the final bars of the song. Music was provided by– A sumptuous lunch of yellow rice and curries was served by Ambula followed by desert of wattalampan and high tea with tea and coffee followed. We held a very successful raffle with many a happy winner. The table décor of beautiful potted Chrysanthemums organised by Dianne Diaz were sold at $3.00 a pot plant. It was quite a memorable day for all of us.
Our annual Country and Western Night was a remarkable success held at the venue Good Shepherd with over 200 members/guests attending the event. The hall was decorated in the events theme thanks to the efforts of Desmond and Pauline Kelaart and our master decorator/artist Paul Van Langenberg and the rest of the committee who assisted on the day. Everyone enjoyed the country music and danced the night away to the music provided by ever popular “Lone Star” Andy who played popular rock and roll and country music. The dinner was superb courtesy of Silverline catering and their staff.
Hopper Night Dinner held at the Ceylon Centre. We had approximately 60 members/guests attending the event and it proved to be very successful. A delicious Hopper/String hopper dinner was served with all the usual accompaniments of curry and sambols by Desha. Everyone enjoyed the music proved by our versatile and friendly Dj Keith.
Valentine’s Day –our Annual event for the year held at the Ceylon Centre. Ever popular event was a sell-out. The hall was decorated with lots of hearts and Valentine day posters adorned the walls. Music was provided by popular singer Des White. Curry Grove provided the lunch with a delicious array of traditional rice and curries.
STringerhopper Night-this event was held at the Ceylon centre and was the beginning of a new concept to raise much needed funds for the Association. In house Chef Derek Symons served guests an array of delicious Hors-d’oeuvres. Members and guests enjoyed the social interaction and enjoyed the ever popular string hopper dinner that was served. Desmond, Pauline and Ingrid hosted this event supported by the committee. Music provided by Dj keith.