Medicine Ball raises $182k

CLiaison's picture November 2, 2017


The Medicine Ball Committee L-R Rohan Fitzgerald, Jill Whiting, Mark McGinnity, Sue McGinnity, Jim Bailey, Jen Hutton, Laurie Cogger, Leonie Sharrock, John Hedley and Stephen Jones (Photo by Sam Kaspers - Bespoke Design Co)

The final tally is in for the Medicine Ball, with a spectacular $182,000 raised for the Cancer Treatment and Dialysis Project at Western District Health Service (WDHS).

Medicine Ball Committee Chair, Mark McGinnity says the community support for the Ball was incredible, with the funds raised exceeding expectations.

“We were overwhelmed by the support received not only from the 300 guests who enjoyed the night, but our generous sponsors and the many people who toiled behind the scenes to make the evening special.

I’d like to thank the Committee for their hard work and our local chefs, lead by John Hedley for creating such a spectacular feast, featuring smoking lamb, hatching chicken and chocolate limerence!

Our decorating team headed by Sue McGinnity and Jill Whiting transformed the Chevalier Centre, for a truly dazzling dining and dancing experience.

The Monivae and Hamilton and Alexandra College students and staff also did a wonderful job waiting tables and working the bar,” Mr McGinnity said.

The event featured 80’s cover band ‘Stand and Deliver’, who had guests dancing until the final encore, as well as 17th Century French roving entertainers and a very cheeky Nurse Florence.

Heath Templeton brought down the hammer on the auction items, the most anticipated of which was the sale of the Volvo XC60 for $60,000, with $5,000 from the sale donated to the Ball.

WDHS Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald says the success of the night reflects the incredible generosity of sponsors and patrons and also the importance of the oncology project to the community.

“So many people in our community know someone who has been touched by cancer, so providing quality treatment services close to home is seen as vital.

We are entering the exciting construction phase of the project and look forward to announcing the builder and kicking the project off in the coming weeks.

I’d like to thank all those who supported what was a spectacular, fun-filled evening and particularly our Committee who worked tirelessly to create a night to remember,” Mr Fitzgerald said.