Charity Auction


During the Gala Dinner and thanks to the support of Rusty, the surfboard manufacturing company, ONA Cafe, and the Bogota Bulldogs, the AustraliaColombia Dialogue provided participants and dignitary guests with an opportunity to support the charitable work of Buen Punto and Free to Speak Foundations. The auctioned items included one contemporary art piece, kindly donated by Michael Cullen; two autographed copies of The Coffee Man book by Sasa Sestic, 2015 world barista champion; and a set of two jerseys of the Bogota Bulldogs kindly donated by the Australian football rules team based in Colombia. The items raised more than 2500 AUD to support the promotion of surfing and rugby activities among kids and youth populations in the Colombia pacific coast, as well as the awareness raising work led by Free to Speak about the protection of journalists and the importance of freedom of speech.