The Gatsby Gala


I’m back again, with even more exciting things to share. This year I am President of the USQ Charity Committee. Working with an executive, as well as committee members, we have been working on heaps of fundraising projects this year. The chosen Charity for this year is the Pyjama Foundation.

They are a children’s charity that is breaking the cycle of disadvantage experienced by Australian children in foster care. The Pyjama Foundation recruits, screens, trains and supports Pyjama Angels – volunteer members of the community who work with the children and support our true heroes – Australia’s foster families. Since inception in 2004, the organisation and its founder have inspired more than 1000 members of our community to become volunteer Pyjama Angels, visiting a child in care each week to read books, play games, and engage in other fun, learning-based activities. As they are a relatively new foundation, the charity committee are doing our bit to get the word out and help out these amazing people by raising money for a worthy cause.

There have been a few events so far, the main being Pyjama Day. Held at USQ Toowoomba, we had a sausage sizzle, ice cream, free red bull and over 40 prep kids from Concordia Lutheran College in Toowoomba who came dressed in their Pyjamas for an exclusive book reading.


This day was a huge success. However, the MOST EXCITING part is yet to come!

 *Drum roll*

The Gatsby Gala!

To be held on the 24th of August, the 2013 Annual Charity Ball is sure to be a Charitable Affair to Remember. There will be Casino Tables with “funny money”, a photo book, a live jazz band, live ballroom dancers and much much more. We chose a theme of 1920’s to keep it sophisticated, as well as making it relevant with the recent release of the famous novel ‘The Great Gatsby’.

We have all been working very hard over the past few months to bring this event together, many phone calls, emails, letters and ‘open discussions’ we are now in the final steps. Its only 2 weeks away!

I invite every person reading this blog to attend this event, it is open to everyone. And you have my word that it will be a great night for a great cause.


I hope to see you there!


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About Nicky

My name is Nicole Mitchell, however you can call me Nicky. I am your far from average 19 year old female uni student studying at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba. I am currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws, and am about to commence my 3rd year in 2013. I am lucky to have been born with the gift of the gab. I have lived on campus at Concannon College for the past 2 years and I couldn’t imagine spending my days as a student any other way. I have met people from all different backgrounds and avenues of life, and made memories that will last me a lifetime. I am from what from the country folk call “the big smoke’, also known as Brisbane City. Before I moved to Toowoomba the busy city lifestyle was all I’d ever known. People often call me crazy, and ask why I chose USQ, and I tell them all the same story (This will come later, you will have to keep reading my blogs to find out). It was spontaneous, however the say the best things in life aren’t planned don’t they? Its always awkward to write about yourself, but for you, I will do my best. If one of my friends was asked to describe me I think(and hope) words that would come up would be happy, talkative, humorous, nice and most of all, FUN! I don’t do boring. I believe that life is short, so live for the moment and enjoy yourself. Well there you have it, the 411 on yours truly. Thankyou very much for taking the time to read it and watch this space. Keep smiling! Nicky

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