When the Brisbane Quota Club in Queensland, Australia, decided to raise funds to support Quota International’s Club-to-Club World Service project in New Delhi, India, planners came up with a GREAT IDEA—they included members of their local Indian community in the event.
Brisbane Quota members select one Club-to-Club project to support each year. When the club’s director of World Service assumed her post and learned that the club had decided to sponsor QI of New Delhi’s project—Quota Home for Abandoned and Destitute Women—she remembered beautiful Indian saris worn at a wedding she had attended.
This club member, Robyn Porter, who had never planned a club event before, suggested an Indian themed fund-raiser. Leaders listened to her ideas and encouraged her to launch what became the most successful World Service fund-raising effort the club had ever sponsored.
Indian Food and Fashions
Robyn contacted her friend in the Brisbane Indian community and floated her idea. When local Indian residents learned that all of the funds would be sent to their native land, they were delighted to participate in a Fashion Spectacular of Indian Saris and a demonstration of Indian dancing. Several Quota members were outfitted for the show as well.
Planners organized a menu for the tea and asked each club member to provide a dish to serve (click menu at right to enlarge). Members were delighted when Indian women surprised them with platters of their native cuisine to serve as well.
“It was an afternoon our members will remember for a long time,” says Past Club President Jackie Brown. “The women and girls who modeled the saris and danced for us were so obviously enjoying themselves that we all found ourselves clapping and laughing along with them. The friendliness and love shown by these women both to us and to each other embodied the meaning of Quota service. This project was outstanding!”
Tickets and Publicity
The club charged Aus.$10 for the fashion show and afternoon tea. Long before the event, the club began selling raffle tickets for a beautiful picnic basket, including wine. Members of the Indian community bought dozens of tickets, helping the club to raise a considerable sum from the raffle alone.
The club also sent flyers and information about the event to other Quota clubs in their district—and the result was a huge turnout and, says Jackie, “a spectacular display of beauty, fun, and laughter.”