Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Layne Beachley hopes to raise $150,000 at a gala dinner week to continue to support girls and women to achieve their dreams and celebrate the achievements of this year’s recipients which includes an environmentalist going to Antarctica, an equestrian studying in France, a trapeze artist performing in Paris and an Aboriginal dance group in Scotland.

The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation has announced the date and location for their 2014 gala night. Supporters can now book tickets for a fantastic evening starting at 7.00 pm on Friday 5th September at Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney.

The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation inspires and empowers girls and women to achieve their goals. This support includes funding to help them realise their dreams in sporting, academic, community or cultural pursuits.

The 2014 scholarship recipients, announced earlier this year, will be introduced by Layne Beachley at this year’s ‘A Starry Night’ themed evening.

Tickets are on now on sale for the gala fundraising event which will be compered by media personality Tracey Spicer. The night will include special guest performances and dancing will be led by Sydney’s finest party band, ‘The Shufflers’.

Some of the unique items auctioned on the night include: A Harley Davidson surfboard and private surf lesson from 7 x Times World Champion Layne Beachley, An INXS signed Fender Squire guitar, an ACER VIP Private Suite to see Robbie Williams in concert, a stunning pink diamond or the chance to win a luxury holiday in a private villa on the beachfront in Bali. All profits will go directly towards enabling girls and women to invest in their future and fulfil their potential.

Beachley is proud to draw on her journey as an elite sportswoman to help further the ambitions of scholarship recipients and ease their financial burden.

“I love inspiring and motivating girls to dare to dream, pursue their passion and aspire to achieve,” said Beachley.

“My desire is to help Aussie girls to focus on achieving their goals and aim for the stars by alleviating those financial pressures which I experienced early in my surfing career"

Since its 2003 launch, Beachley’s Foundation has transformed dreams into reality for more than 300 females Australia-wide in a diverse range of areas including opera, ballet, marine science, diving, literacy education, rally driving, BMX, equestrian and hockey.

The Aim for the Stars Foundation provided financial support to trapeze artist, Emma Henshall back in 2007. Now Emma is living her dream of pushing the boundaries of trapeze and is employed with the world renowned Cirque du Soleil in Paris.

Emma said, “I’d like to say that having the opportunity to realize your dreams is almost beyond words, Thank you so much Aim for the Stars.”

Olympic gold medallist, hockey player, Casey Eastham, received an AFTS scholarship in 2005. During her three year scholarship she achieved her ultimate dream of competing at the Beijing Olympic Games, she has since gone on to compete in her second Olympic Games and her team The Hockeyroos have just won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last month.

“There is no doubt that Layne Beachley has played a significant role in helping me achieve my dreams,” said Casey.

Once again in 2014 the foundation is helping many young women dare to dream. One recipient is Ashley Fletcher who is a committed environmentalist who wants to protect fragile ecosystems of the world. The scholarship she received from Aim for the Stars enabled her to participate in the 2014 Antarctic Youth Ambassador Program. Wagana Aborginal Youth Dancers have just returned from taking part in the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Scotland. A group of young Aboriginal girls had the life changing opportunity to travel overseas to share their culture and showcase the richness of their dance, language and art at this international event.  Mikayla Barber aspires to be the best Australian trick-rider and liberty horse performer of all time. Having suffered considerable hardship, the scholarship money offered by Aim for the Stars is helping to support Mikayla train at the Equestrian Arts University in France where she is receiving specialized training to enable her to reach her full potential. A career highlight to date has seen her perform with Cavalia for the Royal Family; an opportunity she recognises would not have been possible without the support of Laynes Foundation.


Friday, 5th September 2014 7:00pm for 7:30pm


Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George St Sydney


$250 per ticket or $2500 for table of 10


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Every year the Aim for the Stars Foundation flies all scholarship recipients from around Australia for two days of mentoring, inspiration, an opportunity to share experiences and to celebrate success. Thursday 4th September this year, our 2014 Scholarship Recipients will come to Sydney with their companion to join Layne and the Aim for the Stars Team.

Key Activities Include:

Thursday 4th September, 2014

Recipients learn to surf with Layne Beachley – North Steyne Manly from 1:30pm – 3pm
One on one mentoring workshops with Layne Beachley

Friday 5th September, 2014

Personal brand and goal setting workshop from 7:30am – 9am
Morning Tea hosted by Sir Peter Cosgrove at Admiralty House from 10:30am – 11:30am
Hair and Makeup for Recipients donated by The Sydney College of Makeup Art
‘A Starry Night’ Gala Event – Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney from 7pm – 12:00am

To purchase tickets or to receive your official invitation
call the Aim for the Stars Office

M: 0422 600 733 or

E: [email protected]

Website and online ticket sales:

For more information, high resolution images or an interview with Layne Beachley or a current scholarship recipient please contact:

Megan McGrath 
General Manager, The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation    
M: 0422 600 733   
E: [email protected]