Ro­tar­i­ans to rock cys­tic fi­bro­sis fight

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - David Sal­vaire

The Ro­tary Club of Palm Beach is gear­ing up for its big­gest Gala Din­ner to raise funds for re­search into cys­tic fi­bro­sis and a raft of com­mu­nity projects.

Now in its third year, the din­ner event has become a high­light on the Rock­ing­ham area so­cial cal­en­dar.

This Satur­day, vin­tage rocker Danny Hen­der­son will take the gala au­di­ence on a unique mu­si­cal jour­ney through the 50s and 60s, with auc­tion­eer and en­ter­tainer Michael Ele­zovich on hand to keep the night mov­ing.

Ro­tary Club of Palm Beach deputy pres­i­dent Teresa Carl­son said there were a few changes to the auc­tions this year to cater for vary­ing bud­gets.

“Last year we had high-ticket items for auc­tion but we wanted to make it more at­tain­able for ev­ery­body, so there’s a real mixed bag,” Ms Carl­son said.

“There are still the fan­tas­tic prizes like a seven-day hol­i­day get­away in the Cook Is­lands but we’ve also got lovely gift bas­kets and things.”

Tick­ets in­clude a three­course din­ner from Pres­tige Cater­ing Rock­ing­ham, with a drink on ar­rival and a bot­tle of red and white wine on each table.

All pro­ceeds go to Telethon Kids In­sti­tute for re­search into brain tu­mours, cys­tic fi­bro­sis re­search and to the Ro­tary Club of Palm Beach for com­mu­nity projects lo­cally and abroad.

Re­search into cys­tic fi­bro­sis is an is­sue Ms Carl­son is pas­sion­ate about af­ter los­ing her youngest daugh­ter to the dis­or­der at age 17.

Since then she has raised more than $1 mil­lion for re­search into the con­di­tion, which af­fects more than 3000 peo­ple across the coun­try.

“Ev­ery four days a child is born with cys­tic fi­bro­sis and since we lost our daugh­ter I’ve been a mas­sive ad­vo­cate for the search for a cure,” she said.

“I know there are a lot of things out there to raise money for but this is an is­sue that’s re­ally close to my heart.”

Ms Carl­son said tick­ets for the event were sell­ing “like hot­cakes” and she en­cour­aged any­one who wanted to at­tend to get in fast.

The Gala Din­ner kicks off this Satur­day at 6.45pm at the Gary Hol­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, with tick­ets $85 per per­son.

For book­ings or inquiries, con­tact Teresa Carl­son on 0407 743 321 or email [email protected] hot­mail.com.

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

Lau­rie Smith and Teresa Carl­son from the Ro­tary Club of Palm Beach with tick­ets for this Satur­day's Gala Din­ner.

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