Hav­ing a ball for a great cause

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

MORE than 50 vol­un­teers are work­ing tire­lessly be­hind the scenes to make the 2018 SCIC Ho­tondo Homes Char­ity Ball a suc­cess.

The gala fundrais­ing event, to be held on July 21, is held every two years to raise money for the Sup­port­ing Chemo­ther­apy in Cooloola or­gan­i­sa­tion, which pro­vides ac­com­mo­da­tion for pa­tients un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy and their fam­i­lies.

This year’s ball theme is “The Car­ni­val” and there will be plenty of colour and pageantry on the night, with en­ter­tain­ment by Bris­bane five-piece band Blonde Cho­co­late.

Zesty Edi­bles will cook up a de­li­cious three-course meal and through­out the night there will be a main auc­tion and silent auc­tion of do­nated goods from lo­cal Gympie busi­ness houses.

Tick­ets cost $100, with $40 of that claimable back as a tax-de­ductible do­na­tion, and are avail­able from All so­lu­tions Fi­nance at

137 Mary St.

Main or­gan­iser and SCIC spokes­woman Mar­lene Owen said the money raised from the ball would go to­wards up­keep of the five units of­fered free of charge to chemo­ther­apy pa­tients.

“We ser­vice hun­dreds of pa­tients a year and these units help pa­tients in out­ly­ing ar­eas to be closer to hospi­tal dur­ing treat­ment,” she said.

“We have fam­i­lies from as far away as Glad­stone coming down to go to Ma­roochy­dore.”

While the ac­com­mo­da­tion is free for pa­tients, fam­i­lies can stay too, worked out on a case-by-case as­sess­ment, but with costs capped at $50 a fam­ily a night or $25 for a carer a night.

To book your place at the ball in aid of this won­der­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion, phone Mar­lene on 0402 286 571 or Ta­mara on 5481 5180 dur­ing busi­ness hours.

Photo: Re­nee Albrecht

CAR­NI­VAL READY: David and Caris­sqa Bell, Jes­sica Ben­ton, Mar­lene Owen and Sonya Rick­etts at Mia Bella in Mary St, get­ting ready for a big night at the SCIC gala ball.

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