Ev­ery year good for the Roses

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives - By DENISE S. CAHILL

THE 65 Roses Grand Ball for Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis has raised about $2.6 mil­lion for re­search since its in­cep­tion in 2002, when four moth­ers of chil­dren with cys­tic fi­bro­sis (CF) de­cided to host an an­nual ball.

One of those moth­ers was Wendy En­de­brock-brown, who is still part of the vol­un­teer team to­day.

“The first year it was at the Lan­g­ley Ho­tel (now the Pan Pa­cific) with 350 peo­ple,” Mrs En­de­brock-brown said.

“770 peo­ple is the most we’ve had and we had 600 there last week­end (May 13).”

A West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly so­cial photographer has at­tended many of the balls, in­clud­ing the 2009 event at Bur­swood En­ter­tain­ment Com­plex (now Crown Perth) and this month in Crown’s Grand Ball­room.

Ms En­de­brock-brown said Kaila Thomas had been the most mem­o­rable speaker over the past 15 years.

She said the “young lady” spoke at the first ball when she was aged 17 and had shared her story at balls three times since then.

“She’d had a lung trans­plant last time she spoke, it was re­ally mov­ing,” Ms En­de­brock-brown said.

“She’s the one we get asked about most.”

One of the sig­nif­i­cant changes since the first ball has been the fash­ion.

“It’s got­ten short,” she said. “The ac­cepted ball dress at­tire has changed but the guys, well they’ve just re­mained the same.”

This year’s to­tal was $507,000, which will go to­wards CF re­search in WA and Aus­tralia.

West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly’s cov­er­age of the 65 Roses Grand Ball for Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis in 2009.

This year’s 65 Roses Grand Ball.

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