Last year, an Adelaide family raised over $30,000 for the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s HHT research facility and this year they want to give a student a PhD.

14537049_10154475577656788_1242645717_oIn memory of the beloved son and brother they lost, the Violante family is inviting you to their Seafood and Pasta Feast on Saturday November 5, with all proceeds going towards a scholarship for a student to research the illness that took Matty Violante.

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) is a hereditary disorder, which affects major organs, causing the blood vessels in them to build up pressure and potentially burst.

The Violante family, who owns and operates Seafood Works at Newton, started the group ‘Matty’s Soldiers’ after losing 26-year-old Matthew Violante to the disorder in 2011, and discovering 23-year-old Alicia, is currently living with HHT.

Since the inception of Matty’s Soldiers in 2012, the group has participated in various events raising more than

$90,000 for the cause, with their 2014 Black Tie Gala bringing in more than $30,000 for research facilities at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

“Matty wanted to join the army but because they didn’t know what HHT was, the army couldn’t take him, so we formed Matty’s Soldiers to raise awareness and money in his memory. Now he can finally be in an army,” Sara Taji, Matty’s sister said.

The Violante’s army is now rallying troops to attend their latest fundraising venture and Sara is asking you to join the fight against this rare illness that took her brother, and threatens her sister’s life.

Matty’s Soldiers are the only HHT fundraising group in Australia and all monies raised go to research, facilities and now a scholarship through the Australian HHT Centre at Royal Melbourne Hospital.

With live entertainment, raffle prizes donated from a host of generous local businesses, an appearance from Nonna Paola, salsa dancers, and your chance to win a $1200 Everett Brookes lucky door prize, Matty’s Soldiers Seafood and Pasta Feast will be a night to remember.

Hosted at The Marche Club (corner Darley & Gorge Roads, Paradise), tickets are $100 per person which includes a sumptuous feast, quality wines and great entertainment hosted by Vince Fusco.

Matty’s Soldiers have waged a war on HHT and they won’t retreat until a cure has been found, so rally the troops and get your tickets through Sara Taji today.

Please see attached initiation and book now to support a hardworking family in their fight against a deadly illness.

For tickets and media enquiries, please contact Sara Taji: 0401 810 793 |

By Libby Parker