Starlight ball nets $22K
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.
Starlight Ball committee member Maria Scammell and Child Cancer Foundation Southland branch chair Heather Guise.