11 Jan Interview with Bali’s Christina Iskandar – Founder of ‘Diva’ Women’s Lunch Fundraising Events
Leslie : How did you come up with a concept of Diva luncheons in Bali?
Christina: I started a girlfriends lunch 8 years ago at Biku, it was more just a gathering of like minded friends as expats connecting.
Leslie: Did Diva lunches initially start as a fundraising event?
Christina: No they didn’t start off that way but they became that as we felt the need to give back
Leslie: Can anyone come to a Diva luncheon?
Christina: Yes it is open to all DIVAS !!!!! So if you consider yourself a DIVA you may attend.
Leslie: How often do the lunches occur?
Christina: They are now every 3 months in Bali and once a year in Qld, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin (TBA) & Adelaide (TBA)
Leslie: How do you get to be invited to a Diva event?
Christina: We have a social page BALI DIVA COMMUNITY and we also do a public event page.
Leslie: Why are Diva lunches known to be such fun?
Christina: I think it’s just such a great thing for the ladies to look forward to and we always have alot of fun.
Leslie: What qualifies a woman to become a Diva?
Christina: Strength, devotion, love and a huge heart.
Leslie: Are all the lunches themed?
Christina: Not all but we decided colour themes look great in photos.
Leslie: What has been the best Diva lunch theme so far for you?
Christina: For me it was the Xmas Diva Lunch at Cocoon with over 180 attendees and our dear friend Marcus Page (RIP) as Santa.
Leslie: Are the charities you work with all from Indonesia?
Leslie: Diva luncheons are happening in Australia now too. Is this correct?
Leslie: What has been the most gratifying outcome of the Diva luncheons for you?
Christina: I would say its seeing real ongoing change, really making a difference for example when we raised 90million for www.suryani-institute.org where founder Ibu Suryani was able to purchase medicines for the chained people. (Mental Health) we continue to support this cause.
LESLIE : THANK YOU CHRISTINA!