The Gold Dinner 2023

The John Paul Foundation (JPF) was established in 2017 with a simple purpose in mind—to provide assistance and support to children and families who find themselves grappling with the immense burdens of illness, tragedy, and adversity. Recognising the profound impact that these circumstances can have on individuals, the foundation strives to be a beacon of hope, extending a helping hand to those in need during their most vulnerable moments. Through raising funds and awareness, JPF’s goal is to help make difficult situations in any way better, with emotional, physical and financial support.

JPF primarily works with the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation (SCHF) in this shared common goal. The SCHF helps to fund pediatric health services provided by Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network which aids over 170,000 kids each year; contributing to major developments in the Hospital’s services including respiratory, pain and palliative as well as critical care services. Funds raised go directly to the front line from the hospital wards to the treatment rooms, research labs and outreach programs.

In support of this cause, the Gold Dinner fundraising event gala is hosted annually with nearly $60 million raised for Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation since its inception in 1997. Being one of the largest and most trusted kids’ health charities in the country, John Paul Foundation is honoured to be part of such an amazing event and supporting the cause to provide children with access to the best possible healthcare.

Breaking the global record for a children’s hospital foundation, this year the Gold Dinner with an attendance of over 400 guests, raised an incredible $19.2 million!

We take great pride to acknowledging the contributions of JPF Board Members, Bernadette Nassif and Kristy Nassif Elias for their work as part of the Gold Dinner committee with notable mention of Bernadette’s remarkable courage in openly sharing the family’s personal experience and the significance of community involvement when it comes to providing care for children with complex needs and a reminder of the transformative power that compassion and support can have on the lives of these children and their families.

The John Paul Foundation has pledged $1 million to the construction of the Kookaburra Ward, with ongoing commitment to community, children’s health, and family support.