The Goda Foundation story
The Goda Foundation provides opportunities for Saint Stephen’s College students to balance the academic elements of learning with discovering what it really means to be human.
The Goda Foundation achieves this through funding experiences that transport students outside of their psychological, emotional and physical comfort zones and encourages them to develop a deeper understanding of the world and their part in it.
Goda Firkins, the namesake behind The Goda Foundation, was a lady of energy and vision who was committed to excellence in all of her own pursuits. Goda and Humphrey Firkins were the previous owners of the land on which Saint Stephen’s College stands today.
The College began operation in the Firkins family residences in 1996 and The Goda Foundation officially launched in 1999.
Over the years many students have experienced the opportunities and challenges offered through the Foundation’s programmes.
The Goda Foundation Gala Ball 2013
"Oh What a Night"
The Goda Foundation Gala Ball 2012
On Saturday 2 June 2012, the second annual Goda Foundation Gala Ball took place at Jupiters Hotel and Casino’s Ballroom, with 300 guests enjoying an evening of fine food, wine and dancing.
The glittering event this year raised just over $60,000 enabling The Goda Foundation to continue to provide Saint Stephen’s students with opportunities to participate in programmes such as the annual Cambodia Volunteer Programme, Outward Bound, The Global Young Leaders Conference, the Suzuki Violin Programme as well as providing numerous academic bursaries and awards. The Foundation also supports the Science Programme at Griffith University and ongoing research into Alzheimer’s and Friedreich’s Ataxia.
Once again we welcomed our Platinum Sponsors, SSC parents Rachel and Kenton Campbell of the Zarraffa’s Coffee Group. Their ongoing support of the Foundation is much appreciated. Gold Sponsorship was provided by Cromwell Property Group, Saint Stephen’s College and the Saint Stephen’s College International Centre. Silver Sponsorship by Burling Brown Architects, Windsory and Griffith University and our Bronze sponsors, The White Family, James Trowse Constructions, BCT Transfers, Hope Island Resort Realty and Programmed Property Services all contributed to the success of the evening.
Several companies donated their time, expertise, products and services as our ‘Event Production Sponsors’. Our thanks to ULA and the Biviano family for their fantastic lighting system and expertise, and to Old Scholars, Rosie Kokshoorn and Sarah Champness (2007) from Ultimate Events for the brilliant theming. We are grateful to Guy and Adeline Morris from Print, Pack and Post for their patience and support, to Beauty, Bouquets and More for the floral centrepieces and also to Tango Photography who donated a percentage from their photo sales revenue to the Goda Foundation.
Many companies and individuals donated items and vouchers to the raffles and auction, notably a signed guitar from Country music artist, 2008 Australian of the Year and College parent, Lee Kernaghan and an original painting by former parent and P&F President, renowned artist, Donald James Waters.
Under the direction of Chairman Humphrey Firkins, the Gala Ball organising committee affectionately known as ‘Humphrey’s Angels’; Dom Lummus, Jeanette Stewart, Junelle White, Janine Ferguson, Bronwyn Lacy, Grace Dorrington, Karen Pyne and Gina Hussey and Committee Chair, Sally Thibault, worked tirelessly over many months and is very grateful for the support of the sponsors, donors and guests.