Bali’s Tartan Army, friends and international guests gathered in the gardens of Biosystems Group Sanur on the 20th of January to celebrate the life and times of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. This unique Burns Night Charity Dinner was held in support of Puspadi Bali to aid their work in providing prosthetics and adaptive wheelchairs for disabled locals.
It was a splendid sight indeed to view a total of 106 guests arriving dressed up in their finest tartan kilts, sashes and black-tie formal wear to enjoy the evening. After being piped in to the beautifully decorated marquee, guests were treated to a four course meal served up by Chef Dean of The Spicery deli and bistro. The traditional meal included Cock-a-leekie Soup, Haggis, Neaps and Tatties, Roastit Stirk and finished off with Clootie Dumpling paired wi’ Whisky-scented Ice Cream.
A very animated and enthusiastic Address to the Haggis was performed by visiting reader Harry Cowan. His raising the haggis in triumph during the final line ‘Gie her a haggis’, was greeted with rapturous applause. Other dining entertainment included the traditional speeches, recitals and a local troop performing spirited versions of Highland dancing. The event Chairman, Duncan Cowan, concluded proceedings by inviting guests to stand, hold hands and then proceeded to lead everyone in a rousing group rendition of Robert Burns’ own Auld Lang Syne. Guests retired to the dance floor to a cover version of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the Tude & Friends band.
Possibly influenced by the lashings of single malt whisky, wines and ale, the guests dug deep to support the Puspadi Bali charity. Director Pak Latra was on hand to receive an ornamental cheque for funds raised. Thanks to some generous sponsors, the final amount was a very pleasing Rp 150,535,000.00. The success of the evening ensures that this event will be on Bali’s calendar for many years to come.