Fairground Follies truly lived up to its name and was a fantastic setting for Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation’s Fundraising Dinner on Saturday 8 August. It was a celebration of 15 years of fundraising for SWCCF and a reminder of the reason it all began in 2000 – to raise money for research into a cure for childhood cancer so that one day no other child has to go through what Steven Walter went through.
A remarkable $34,500 was raised on the night thanks to the generosity of the wonderful people who attended. Our amazing MCs were 2GB’s Ben Fordham and Mini Rabs or Michael Ponticello, a young man who is going through treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). Along with Ben and Mini Rabs, we were also thrilled to have performance from Soprano Samantha Warhurst and flautist Samantha Joseph.
The wonderful antique musical organs helped set the scene for a colourful, musical night and not to be outdone were the Jazz Band, Traffic Jam. We were thrilled to have two special guest speakers, with Mark Porter and Professor Glenn Marshall from Sydney Children’s Hospital. Mark is father to Max Porter, who battled Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2014. Mark made a powerful speech about his family’s journey from diagnosis to cure. Professor Glenn Marshall was interviewed by Ben Fordham and spoke about the new and exciting work he and his team are undertaking in the search for a cure. Both stressed the importance of raising money to fund research into a cure.
There were rides on the carousel, raffle tickets, keys sold to unlock a wine fridge full of Oatley Wines, Tarot reading, flashing rings and glow glasses all helped contribute to the total raised, as did the auction hosted by Mr Sold, Scott Gibbons. Many generous guests also pledged donations directly to SWCCF. The night was wrapped up with a fun horse race on the 100 year old carousel.
Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation would like to thank Ben Fordham for giving his time to MC and support the event and the Ponticello family, particularly the rising star, Michael, or Mini Rabs. Our sincere thanks also go to owner of Fairground Follies, Craig Robson, for hosting the event, Michael Hasset from TDC for providing technical support, staging and equipment, Guy Davies from Guy Davies Photography, Brendan O’Connell from In the Loupe Videography and Newton Real Estate for their continual support. We would also like to thank Michael and Ellen Rappo for the huge amount of work that went into coordinating the night.
We would also like to thank each and every person who attended in support of the event and made it such a fun and successful fundraising event.
Check out the new video about SWCCF which was shown at the Fairground Follies dinner on our Youtube Channel.