On Saturday, September 23rd, the Green School Foundation held its 5th annual fundraising gala, IGNITE, at the newly unveiled SAKA Museum within the AYANA Estate in Jimbaran, Bali. Featuring a seated 4-course dinner, cultural performance of Balinese masked dancers, and live auction, the much-anticipated annual event successfully raised more than 650 million rupiahs to support the implementation of environmental education programs in local schools as well as university scholarships for Bali’s next generation of farmers.
More than 90 passionate individuals, donors, partners, and sponsors came together to emphasise the importance of regenerative sustainability for Bali and Indonesia.
“IGNITE this year is about reimagining the future, unmasking the possibilities, and discovering new ways of working collaboratively with our community to secure a lasting legacy? ?for education, sustainability, and the well-being of this beautiful country,” said Kania Maniasa, Executive Director of the Green School Foundation.
Distinguished guests and supporters included Ryu Suliawan (Vice President of Digital at AYANA Hospitality), Rudy Suliawan (President of PT. Midplaza Prima), Karen Yung (Co-founder and Chief Collaboration Officer of Education in Motion), John & Cynthia Hardy (Founders of Green School Bali), Ibu Made Marthini (Deputy of Marketing – Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia), Linda Salas (Ambassador Education Group, Chiang Mai, Thailand), Laksmi DeNeefe the Puteri Indonesia 2022, and representatives from several mission-aligned non-profit organisations and businesses.
The gala, themed “IGNITE Reimagine: The Sacred Masks of Bali,” celebrated Bali’s rich mask culture through captivating performances, exquisite decorations, and unique auction items. The evening began with a mesmerising Balinese performance by Bumi Bajra, a community of Balinese dancers who enchanted the audience with their portrayal of the Kala Rau, a Balinese folktale about the Lunar Eclipse. Adorned with sacred masks and pure white fabric, their performance symbolised purity and sacredness.
Beyond being a fundraising gala dinner, IGNITE served as a platform to honour local artists and artisans, fostering appreciation for their vision and mission through artistic contributions that enrich Bali’s culture and society.
All donations collected during the gala will be channelled to the two key initiatives of the Green School Foundation that inspire young minds through environmental projects among students and by extending support to the children of farmers – offering scholarships to ensure the continuation of family farming legacies.