The Kenyan Orphanage Fundraiser

Posted by in Adventure on September 23, 2012 0 comments

One of my work colleagues is going to Kenya to help children learn English and other life skills in January 2013 through Global Vision International, and decided to have a get together with friends and family this afternoon to raise funds to help the children.

So I dragged (yes, dragged) my boys to a funky little Thai restaurant in Ormond Road Elwood to meet some new people, have a little sing and a dance, and help raise funds for my work colleague’s big trek.

We arrived a little late, as my boys were invited to a friend’s house for a play (hence the reason why I dragged them there!), and the party was already started. An acoustic duo sang songs by The Fray, Hunters and Collectors, Train and other soft rock (or is it hard pop!) ballads, while we were served spring rolls, money bags, fried rice & chicken satays. We were offered a lychee & mint infused champagne in a glass jar with a stripy straw – they were very chic!

About half an hour after we arrived, this tall skinny, muscular lady (ahem!) man with flowing blonde hair, a tight glistening cocktail dress (supposedly designed by Dannii Minogue) and stilettos that were so high you were surprised that his/her toes weren’t actually balancing on their tips, walked into the restaurant and the party really begun! This female impersonator, called her/himself Miss Man!

She/he emceed the event, and sang a few tunes including “I Will Survive,” “Fame” and a couple of Kylie Minogue numbers. In between songs, they auctioned off a few items, including a coffee machine in a hamper of all sorts of goodies, a few signed items from the Australian Cricket Team, a day with a stylist, a beauty therapy voucher & another food hamper to help raise more funds for the orphanage. And then Miss Man offered to auction her/himself off to be available for the winner’s next function. She/he was won by a family man who had his darling 4 year old daughter there, and Miss Man convinced the sweet little girl that she will come to her next party dressed as ‘Barbie’ and if you give her a few minutes, she’ll disappear and come back as ‘Ken.’ The little girl was so excited, she was just loving the fact that she could have her own real life Barbie at her next birthday party.

It was hard to crack a smile from my 11 year old and 9 year old about Miss Man making fun of her/himself, but occasionally I saw some smirks come their way. There is a thought of hiring Miss Man to come to my Dad’s 70th birthday in a couple of months time… I have talked to my sisters and they think it could be quite funny… hmmm… let’s see how we go! Could be quite hilarious!
After all the entertainment, my boys persuaded me to go so they could go back to the land of their monotony!  But I’m sure they’ll look at their introduction to transvestites as something positive!