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Lunch with Julian Burnside? Weekend Eco Getaway? One-off Custom made Ethical Ring? Take a look at our unique Silent Auction

Take a look at the unique items of our first-ever Silent Auction at the 2016 Gala Dinner, all in the name of supporting the work of the Sydney Peace Foundation and peace with justice.

Even if you are not attending the Gala Dinner you can bid! Email your bid and contact details to or phone 02 9351 4468. Bids close at 10.30am on November 11.


Exclusive Tickets to Party of the Year

nye-sydney4Two VIP tickets to the Lord Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Party at the Sydney Opera House. These tickets are highly sought-after – even money can’t buy access to this iconic Sydney gala event.

Value: Priceless
Starting bid: $1,500

Generously donated by the City of Sydney


One-off Ethical Jewellery by Zoe Pook

zoe_pook_roughdiamondring1Zoë Pook has designed a one-off piece exclusively for friends of the Sydney Peace Foundation. The stunning ring is in 18ct Fairtrade yellow gold with a central rough, Australian, cognac diamond and a halo of small white, Australian polished diamonds. Zoe can re-size the ring to fit the recipient.

Value: $4,000 including GST
Starting bid: $1,750

 Generously donated by Zoe Pook


Artwork by Dr George Gittoes AM

silent-auction_item-3-george-gittoes-night-vision-2015Take home this incredibly rare original artwork, Night Vision 2015, by internationally acclaimed Australian artist, filmmaker and 2015 Sydney Peace Prize recipient, Dr George Gittoes AM.

This artwork is exclusively offered to the friends of the Sydney Peace Foundation, and is exceptional value.

Title: Night Vision 2015
Size: 101cm x 152cm
Medium: Oil painting
Starting bid: $5,000

Generously donated by Dr George Gittoes AM




Dine with 2014 Sydney Peace Prize Laureate

julian-burnsideSnap up this once in a lifetime opportunity to have lunch or dinner with 2014 Sydney Peace Prize recipient Julian Burnside AO QC. Talk about issues, like his important work within the human rights and refugee advocacy spheres. Julian Burnside looks forward to your company for a lively discussion over a meal!

For: 4 people

Value: $5,000
Starting bid: $2,500 (includes meal)

Mutually agreeable date and time in Sydney or Melbourne
Generously donated by Julian Burnside 

Two Legends for the Price of One:
Kostakidis and Rees In Conversation

mary-kostakidis1Two influential and widely respected advocates of social justice and human rights can come and speak at your next event or work-place function.
Invite Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees AM who is the Founder and former Chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation, also the former Director of Sydney University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and Mary Kostakidis, former Foundation Chair, to your organisation, workplace or special event for a two-hour presentation or conversation including a Q&A.

Value: $6,000
Starting bid: $3,000
Mutually agreeable date and time in Sydney

Generously donated by Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees AM and Mary Kostakidis


Dinner with a Federal Politician

Anthony AlbaneseThe Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Shadow Minister for Tourism and Federal Member for Grayndler, wants you and your friend to be his guests at a private dinner at Parliament House in Canberra. Get a look into his world, and what a typical day in the Canberra corridors of power might look like.

For: 2 people
Value: $5,000
Starting bid: $2,000 (includes dinner)

Mutually agreeable date and time in Canberra

 Generously donated by The Hon Anthony Albanese MP


Weekend Eco ‘Romance’ Escape

barrengarry-hideawayWeekend eco escape in the Kangaroo Valley at Barrengarry Hideaway in a 100% self-sustainable retreat, set amongst stunning scenery, offering all the modern conveniences without damaging the environment. Built on the fringe of the Morton National Park, ‘Romance Package’ includes breakfast basket, Saturday night dinner at Thai restaurant, and leisure activity.

For: 2 people
Value: $1,500
Starting bid: $750

  • Package cannot be booked during peak holiday season;
  • Book ASAP after receiving the package;
  • Package expires in 6 months;
  • Package cannot be sold and is non transferrable.

Generously donated by Salam Astir

Advanced Negotiation Course

untitled-designDo you need tips on how to prevent and manage conflict in your organisation?

The answer lies with Steve Lancken, Managing Director of Negocio Resolutions, one of the most experienced mediators and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practitioners and educators in Australia, with thirty years’ experience in mediation and arbitration.

Get in quickly and snap up an intensive two-day Advanced Negotiation Course, packaged for up to sixteen participants. Special price is a one-off.


Value: $20,000
Starting bid: $4,000
Mutually agreeable date and time

Generously donated by Steve Lancken, Negocio Resolutions

Advanced Mediation Course

7ca7f9c7020240ed8c41d6d22d9cf08c-jpg_srz_977_651_85_22_0-50_1-20_0-00_jpg_srzTake your mediation skills to the next level by securing your spot in a five-day course (max 12 participants) which meets all the requirements of the National Mediation Accreditation Standards. Snap up your spot in the course now!

Your Course Director Abe Quadan is a nationally accredited mediator, mentor and trainer as well as an accredited Transformative Justice practitioner, with more than 25 years’ experience. Abe is a member of the CPACS Council and an Executive Member of the Sydney Peace Foundation.

Value: $4,000 per person
Starting bid: $1,500 per person
Mutually agreeable time and date

Generously donated by Abe Quandan

‘Sacred Text’ Photograph by Tobi Wilkinson

silentauction_item10_photographSydney-based fine art photographer Tobi Wilkinson works predominantly with black and white film and handcrafts her prints on fibre-based paper in a traditional wet darkroom. As part of the Gyuto Monks annual festivities at Bondi Pavilion in 2016, she exhibited her Mindful Practice – The Gyuto Monks Summer Retreat series, from which this photograph comes. In 2009 Tobi was the official photographer on the Australian tour of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Value: $1,600
Starting bid: $800

Generously donated by Tobi Wilkinson