Big help for lil’ miracles
Rotary give back thanks to opera day
THE Opera in the Vineyard event brings plenty in the way of tourism to our region but just as importantly, it’s bringing support to some ‘little miracles’.
While planning has started for Opera in the Vineyard 2018, the final money has been distributed from Opera 2017 to a charity with a special connection to the event and Stanthorpe Rotary.
“Opera in the Vineyard has supported many Queensland charities over the years and the Mater Little Miracles has a special place in our hearts,” Rotarian Leeanne Gangemi said.
“It’s a charity we have supported over the years as we have had personal experience with the wonderful doctors and nurses at the neonatology unit.
“Some of the very first Opera events were supporting the Mater and we have continued to support them over the years,” she said.
The charity was presented with a cheque for $10,000 by Rotarians Don Gaske and Leeanne, as well as Mary Puglisi from Ballandean Estate Wines where the event is hosted.
“The $10,000 will be used to assist in funding a research project that will help the medical teams to learn better ways of resuscitating premmie babies,” Leeanne said.
For Leeanne, it’s also been a special opportunity to give back to a charity that once supported her in a time of need.
“I have personally had experience with the Mater when my son was born 16 weeks early, 25 years ago.
“We were at the hospital for about five and a half months and experienced first hand the amazing work that they do.”
Since the event’s inception 25-years-ago, Rotary has been able to raise a substantial amount of funds for local and state-wide charities.
“I couldn’t tell you how much exactly but probably about $50,000,” Leeanne said.
HELPING HANDS: Dianne Heading, Fran Hodgson and Gail Baxter from Rotary at the 2017 Opera in the Vineyard.