Winter Warmer Fundraising Cabaret Generates $13,000 for homelessness relief

We are delighted to share the incredible success of the Winter Warmer – Homeless Relief Cabaret, held on June 21, 2023. The evening was a heart-warming gathering that brought together community members who want to make a difference in the lives of those homelessness in Tweed Shire. 

Dharma Care is excited to announce its Winter Warmer Homelessness Relief Campaign is off to a flying start.  The sold-out Fundraising Cabaret held at Kingscliff on Thurs 15 June generated $13,184 in income and donations towards this really important cause.

A total of $56,944 has been raised by 31 July 2023.

Hosted at a Kingscliff Bowls Club overlooking the ocean, the event provided a perfect setting for attendees to embrace the spirit of giving during the winter season.

Download the presentation from the event and check out the official photos by Mala Norris / @mala_snaps.

Check the incredible Art Catalog for charity fundraiser Winter Warmer – and don’t forget to mention Winter Warmer if you want to BUY The Space Cowboy ART  because 50% will be generously donated to this campaign. 

Funds raised will provide essential support and comfort to people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness, in the Tweed Shire during the cold winter months.  

Dharma Care is an Australian charity dedicated to creating life-changing opportunities for the destitute and disadvantaged. It’s our mission to facilitate lasting change, creating a ripple effect that benefits future generations.

Through the generosity of the attendees, sponsors, and volunteers, we will be able to make a significant impact on the lives of those who fund themselves homeless this winter.

The Cabaret Fundraiser included silent auctions, raffles and multiple opportunities to contribute and support the cause. The overwhelming response and generosity displayed by the attendees surpassed all expectations.

A highlight of the night was the inspiring speakers with direct experience of homelessness or of working with the homeless who shared their experiences and insights on homelessness. Their stories shed light on the challenges faced by individuals without stable housing and reinforced the importance of community support.

The event also featured performances by local artists, who captivated the audience with their talents and added an element of entertainment to the evening. The artists generously gave their time and skills to help make the event a memorable one.

The success of the Winter Warmer – Homeless Relief event would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of our volunteers and sponsors. Their unwavering support and commitment to the cause played a pivotal role in making the event a resounding success.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the attendees who generously contributed to the homeless relief efforts. Your donations and participation will make a significant impact on the lives of those in need during the winter months.

As the event ended, it left a lasting impression on everyone who attended. The event served as a reminder of the power of compassion and community, and how a collective effort can bring about positive change.

We extend our deepest thanks to everyone involved in making the Winter Warmer – Homeless Relief event a remarkable and meaningful experience. Your support and dedication will make a difference in the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness.

Stay connected with us for future events and initiatives aimed at making a positive impact in our community.  Together, we can continue to spread warmth, compassion, and support to those who need it the most.

We are excited to announce that the Winter Warmer event has now shot us up to an incredible $45,900 (and counting!) in support for our campaign!


We would like to express our deepest appreciation to everyone who attended the event, performed, spoke, volunteered, sponsored, and contributed to this remarkable achievement. Your generosity and support have made a significant impact on our cause, and we cannot thank you enough.

To the artists – Mandy Nolan, The-Space-Cowboy and Felicity Lawless & MsEleneous – your extraordinary talent and captivating performances brought immense joy and entertainment to all attendees. Your artistic brilliance truly elevated the event and left a lasting impression. Huge thanks to Auntie Jackie for a wonderful welcome to country – so touching.

To our charity speakers – wow what can we say – you could hear pins drop. John Lee (You Have A Friend), Lara Lei (Murwillumbah Community Centre), Letechia Lucas (Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre) and David Holmes (Freds Place / Vinnies).  You had the room in both tears and stitches

Thanks also to Sylvia Roylance at Tweed Shire Council. A special thank you to North Coast Events for their impeccable sound management. We would also like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Mala Norris for skilfully capturing the essence of the event through your photography. Your creative vision soon to be shared, documenting the memorable moments of the evening.

We also want to acknowledge and thank Jessica Cook and the team at Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club Events for their outstanding coordination and support. Your professionalism and dedication ensured the smooth execution of the event, leaving no stone unturned.

Lastly, but certainly not least, we acknowledge the great work of Darren Sutton (Deputy CEO) , Irwan Wyllie (CEO), and the entire Dharma Care team. Thanks too to our door and raffle team – wow you were overwhelmed by the crowd but you all coped admirably – Sarah Sutton, Isabella and Maya Sutton and Dominic Bartz. Your selfless commitment to making a difference in the community is truly inspiring.

Also sending love to Eli Samuelu for his incredible design work on the campaign creative and Livingston Armytage for the use of his photos from the book – Homeless Hidden in Plain Sight.

Once again, thank you all for your unwavering support, talent, and generosity. Your contributions have made a profound impact, and we are immensely grateful for your involvement. We look forward to future collaborations and endeavours together.

While the event has come to a close, the campaign is ongoing.  There is still the opportunity to contribute. If you haven’t had a chance to donate yet, or if you would like to continue supporting our cause, you can still give through the link below: 


Our generous matching donor will match every dollar for from $25k -$50K. This is a great incentive for further donations towards the campaign.

By taking advantage of the Double Matching Offer, donors can make their contributions go even further, ultimately helping more vulnerable individuals and families stay warm and secure during the winter season.

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Every contribution, no matter the size, makes a difference and helps us make a positive impact in our community. Your continued support means the world to us, and together, we can create lasting change. Once again, thank you for your generosity, enthusiasm, and belief in the power of the community. We are truly grateful for each and every one of you.

Let’s keep the momentum going and make a real difference together!

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Your support and dedication played a significant role in making the event a resounding success.


As Dave Holmes from Fred’s Place says “Give me a $ great, give me a hundred it’s much better”