Cash from ball goes to charity
THE serious purpose behind an evening of fun came to fruition yesterday when money raised at the Mayor's Ball was presented to two charities.
Hilary Jones-Rowan from Guide Dogs Queensland Bundaberg branch and Look Good Feel Better co-ordinator Dianne Schneider each accepted a cheque for $5200 from Bundaberg mayor Lorraine Pyefinch towards their good causes.
Guide dog in training Tompson was also there to help accept the donations.
One of the highlights on the Bundaberg social calendar, the Mayor's Charity Ball raises funds for many of the region's charities every year.
Ms Schneider said the donation would help the organisation reach more cancer patients in the Bundaberg region.
She said the organisation recently began a program for men, which had been very successful.
Ms Schneider said since 1990 more than 80,000 women living with cancer had been helped by the program.
Ms Jones-Rowan said their share of the money would go towards their monthly assessment unit in Bundaberg.
The program was mainly for people who were assisting clients or who may be newly-diagnosed with vision problems.
“They can learn about all our programs and the services we offer,” she said.
Cr Pyefinch said it was good to see the proceeds from the ball going towards two worthy local charities.
“Both these charities do wonderful work in our community and we're pleased we could assist them through the Mayor's Charity Ball,” she said.
“I would also like to thank the sponsors and everyone who attended the ball for supporting these two very worthy local charities.”
Guide Dogs Queensland is celebrating 50 years of service this year.
In 50 years the association has grown to be the premier provider of services to Queensland's blind and vision impaired community.
Look Good Feel Better is a free community service program dedicated to helping people undergoing treatment for cancer.
The program helps women to manage the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.