Starlight ball nets $22K

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - MARY WITSEY

South­land’s Starlight Ball com­mit­tee has a spe­cial Christmas gift for the Child Cancer Foun­da­tion and Camp Qual­ity South this year in the form of a $22,000 cheque.

Ball fund-rais­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Maria Scam­mell said she was ex­cited that their event could sup­port the two char­i­ties. ‘‘It’s a won­der­ful ef­fort to raise this much money.

‘‘Over­all we were thrilled with the suc­cess of the ball. Peo­ple re­ally en­joyed it, and there have been lots of of­fers from those who want to sup­port us in 2018.’’

Child Cancer Foun­da­tion South­land branch chair Heather Guise said it was fab­u­lous to re­ceive this kind of fund­ing.

‘‘It means we can pro­vide sup­port to fam­i­lies when their chil­dren are go­ing through treat­ment.’’

Fam­i­lies of chil­dren with cancer had to travel to Christchurch or Auck­land for treat­ment, and the fi­nan­cial sup­port from events like the Starlight Ball was es­sen­tial.

‘‘For many fam­i­lies it can in­volve long stays away from home, and the Child Cancer Foun­da­tion pro­vides ex­tra sup­port for fam­i­lies through flights, meal and petrol vouch­ers.’’

About 40 fam­i­lies in the South­land branch had been sup­ported this year, she said. Now in its eighth year, the ball had raised $160,000 for its two char­i­ties.

MARY WITSEY

Starlight Ball com­mit­tee mem­ber Maria Scam­mell and Child Cancer Foun­da­tion South­land branch chair Heather Guise.

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