Ray White Ball Raises $156,000
RAY WHITE BALL
RAISES $156K FOR
With an 800-strong guest list, the 2016 Ray White Charity Ball at Jupiters Hotel and Casino was the biggest since the group started the event in the 1990s.
The proceeds of the September 3 gala mean the annual event has raised close to $3 million in total for MDQ over the past two decades.
RWSP CEO Andrew Bell presented the cheque to Muscular Dystrophy Queensland CEO Helene Frayne this week (November 30) saying its size reflected the deep generosity of the Gold Coast community.
“Gold Coasters are great at letting their hair down and having a good time, but they’re even better at rallying together for a worthy cause, and we’ve seen both evidenced in the ball and the money raised from it,” Mr Bell said.
“We are immensely proud of the generosity of the Gold Coast community and of our donors which has resulted in this significant sum being raised.”
Ms Frayne said the gesture was a significant donation that would help MDQ to seek a cure for the disease and to provide ongoing support for families living with the condition.
“Ray White’s unwavering support for this cause and the generosity of the Gold Coast are greatly appreciated and have made a major impact to the organisation over the past 20-plus years,” she said.
“We are so reliant on the support of our corporate partners to continue offering the services we do.
“Government funding comprises just 11 per cent of our budget – we fundraise for the rest – so big donations like this are just wonderful.”
Ms Frayne half of the funds would help sufferers and their families with services like the MDQ help line, case management and advocacy as well as equipment such as hi lo beds.
She said the balance would go towards researching and finding a cure for muscular dystrophy.
Andrew and Gregory Bell are lifelong members of Muscular Dystrophy Queensland.
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