Having a ball for a great cause
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.
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.