In July 2004 a board member of The Australian Ballet called me out of the blue. "I want to give you $500,000 for "the company". I haven't told anybody else yet. I want you to know what it feels like to be the recipient of a large sum of money."

We discussed what it means to receive a large gift and the need for me to have an appreciation for being involved with high level amounts. This gave me a sense of being able to go forward with greater confidence. Something had definitely changed, and I was motivated to seek out other opportunities.

Over a period of about four years I had come to know Kenneth Reed, a 68-year-old retired lawyer from Sydney. Single, without children, and living in Macquarie Street, Ken frequently made the stroll down to the Opera House for evenings at the ballet. He had become part of the "family".

We met several times at various performances and functions, and through these meetings and talking to other people,…

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