Endeavour Foundation supported employees step back in time at Roaring Twenties photoshoot

Endeavour Foundation supported employees have stepped back to the time of The Great Gatsby, taking part in a 1920s-inspired photoshoot to promote our Roaring Twenties Gala.

The Gala will be held in The Gabba’s Legends Room on Saturday 1 September and all proceeds will go towards Endeavour Foundation’s Endowment Challenge Fund, which supports social inclusion projects for people with a disability and research aimed at improving society’s knowledge and understanding of disability.

Guests will enjoy a sumptuous three-course feast with beer, wine and soft drinks, while entertainment will be provided by eight-piece headline act The Accidents and vintage swing group Fox Lane. They will also have the chance to win superb raffle prizes and bid in our silent auctions.

Items up for grabs on the night include a fantastic radio advertising package worth over $5,000 courtesy of 97.3FM, an iPad, a huge selection of gift certificates, jewellery and much more.

Gala fever was certainly in the air at the photoshoot as 12 supported employees were treated to makeovers by a team of experts led by Evalrie Lin Make-Up Artistry and styled with 1920s-inspired clothing and accessories from La Bella Donna of Morningside and Disguises of Woolloongabba.

Andrew Porfyri of Porfyri Photography was on hand to capture dozens of fabulous 1920s-style images as clients posed for photos outside The Village in Coorparoo, making the most of authentic props including an antique car.

For Dougie Lawson and Kylie Springall, who are employed at EFI Wacol, dressing up in vintage clothing and being models for the day was a unique experience.

“I really enjoyed getting my hair and make-up done – I’ve never had it done like this before,” said Kylie, who sported a stunning red flapper dress, with soft waves and red lipstick finishing off the look.

Samantha Broadbent from EFI Geebung donned a gold 1920s-style dress with a feathered headband for the photoshoot.

 “I would never normally wear clothes like this,” she said. “I can’t wait for everyone to see the photos – they’ll be so surprised. My mum won’t recognise me!"

The participants who produced the five best photos each won a double pass to the Roaring Twenties Gala, with a 10-seater table provided courtesy of Edmen. The lucky winners were: Dougie Lawson from EFI Wacol; Peter Goodman from EFI Yeerongpilly; Alex Baker from EFI Wacol; Samantha Broadbent from EFI Geebung and Ashley Carter from EFI Yeerongpilly.

The Gala is a hugely important event for Endeavour Foundation, as it raises funds for Endeavour Foundation’s Endowment Challenge Fund.

“This capital-preserved fund is used for many significant social inclusion projects, research to improve our knowledge and understanding as well as scholarships for students studying in the field of disability,” explained Endeavour Foundation CEO, David Barbagallo.

“When Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan launched the Fund in December 2009 he spoke of the need to create a fairer society to give everyone a chance to succeed - and that’s exactly what the Endowment Challenge Fund is all about."

Mr Barbagallo added: “At a time when the National Disability Insurance Scheme is high on the agenda, we must all remember that there are people who don’t have the same opportunities, choice and independence as many of us.

“The role of the Endowment Challenge Fund is to give people a chance to enjoy the sort of opportunities you and I take for granted.”

For more information about Endeavour Foundation’s Roaring Twenties Gala or to buy tickets go to https://gala.endeavour.com.au. The photoshoot pictures can be viewed on our Facebook page.


Andree Heslin, Media & Communications Officer.

Ph (07) 3908 7257 Email a.heslin@endeavour.com.au