Panel Info
Unique IDSU0133
Application Details
Entrant Club(s):Lads Without Labels
Entry completed by:Sam Watkins
Club Role:President
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Category SelectionReminder that events and initiatives must have occurred in the eligible period: 7 September 2020 to 12 September 2021
Which category is this nomination for?Best Major Event 2021
Name of event or initiative:Cocktails for Change
Brief overview of the event or initiative:

Cocktails for Change was a night to celebrate the efforts those at Lads Without Labels are taking to improve the wellbeing of our students, whilst also highlighting the need for more. The 220 attendees heard Steve Hansens and Jazz Thornton’s unique stories, enjoyed live music, and enjoyed a 3-course meal.

What were the aims of the event or initiative?

Cocktails for Change sets precedent for purposeful student-led initiatives in which a positive wellbeing culture is emphasised and celebrated. Our key objectives were:

- to raise funds for the creation and continuation of student-led wellbeing initiatives
Spread awareness of Lads without Labels’ charitable mission
- to provide a safe space for conversation, and one in which mental health is destigmatized.
- to host a world-class evening, in which every detail aligns with Lads without Labels mission.

Furthermore, funds from the night will go directly to develop a peer support wellbeing program at UC. For more about this, view here:

How did you make it happen?

Cocktails for change was a monumental effort, and without our commitment, it would have not been held at the calibre it was and our charity would not be in the position it is today.

The process featured some key milestones. Firstly, we managed to secure the following sponsors; AECOM,MilesConstruction,Trollope&Co,PowellFenwick,Generation Homes,FultonHogan,ArmitageWilliams,CookCostello,NaylorLove,MAS,ENGCO,KPMG,andBeca.

Next, we constructed how the night functioned. This included planning theming, lighting and sound, speakers arrangements, MC, live music, stationery, photography and videography, a silent- and live-auction, and our custom food and beverage menu. This came to an operating budget for the event of $31,280.96.

How did you make it better?

This event was the first of its nature, and we had no previous experience in hosting it.

All-in-all, an event of this nature was made happen by university students who did this for free, on top of their studies. I am immensely proud of what we achieved as we can pass our charity onto next year’s executive team satisfied with our efforts.

We have prepared extensive continuation documents for the incoming executive team, such as stakeholder lists, suppliers, sponsors, recommendations etc, to ensure its success into the future.

How did you show your commitment to sustainability?

Sustainability was a conversation had very regularly throughout the execution of Cocktails for Change. Like all events of this nature, recyclable practices and products were used by all the 3rd party suppliers.

In terms of event sustainability (ability to continue to exist into the future), various continuation measures have been put in place including; documentation detailing stakeholder feedback, suggested improvements and suggested timeline of events; various future sponsorship meetings and agreements; and a complete media campaign.

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