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GSA celebrates 10th Touch of Colour fundraiser

More than 28 companies took part in touch football fixtures as GSA Insurance Brokers marked the 10th anniversary of its Touch of Colour charity event.

The Sydney tournament raises funds for KidsXpress, which provides therapy for trauma-impacted children and education services for such children’s carers.

GSA chief executive James Telford says he is “extremely proud” of the event, which has raised more than $1.2 million since launch.

“It’s a day where there’s a thousand thank yous to everyone involved,” Mr Telford said.

“It says a lot about our industry that we’re competitive, but we care, and do what we can to improve the lives of others.”

Tenth claims convention attracts record crowd

More than 200 industry professionals from 14 countries gathered at the Asian Claims Convention in Kuala Lumpur in May – a record number for the event in its 10th year.

The Australasian Institute of Chartered Loss Adjusters ACC24 event was held at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel with the theme Technologies Driving Globalisation in Claims.

AICLA says feedback was overwhelmingly positive from delegates and sponsors, and a popular highlight was a panel discussion on the future of loss adjusting featuring young adjusters from three countries.

Claims professionals, as well as senior managers, brokers, reinsurers, loss adjusters, consultants and insurance lawyers, met at the two-day convention where they enjoyed a cocktail function on May 8 followed by a gala dinner the next evening.

Discussions centred on emerging technology that might change the way insurance claims are processed in the future, with presentations on renewable energy and marine insurance.

Next year’s convention will be at the Hilton Osaka in Japan.

Record numbers attend Steadfast Convention

More than $380,000 was raised for homelessness charity Orange Sky Australia at the Steadfast Convention in Brisbane.

About 2000 people attended the event in March, with organisers reporting that previous records were broken.

The convention opened with spectacular fireworks at Howard Smith Wharves and concluded with a disco-themed gala dinner.

Keynote speakers included Lloyd’s chief of markets Patrick Tiernan, co-founder of online fashion retailer The Iconic Adam Jacobs, and former rugby league star Johnathan Thurston.

Next year’s convention will be at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 23-25.