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On Saturday 3 September over 400 guests put a glamorous foot forward at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle for the second Paediatric Oncology Gold Ball.
The Paediatric Oncology Gold Ball is the brainchild of Natasha Carbone (pictured above, second from left) who decided she wanted to do something to help after meeting a family whose child had been diagnosed with cancer.
The first event in 2014 was a great success and raised $4000 for the Children’s Cancer Ward at Princess Margaret Hospital, giving Natasha a taste for fundraising and the difference that could be made with a bit of hard work and fun!
We spoke to Natasha find out more about what motivates her to put together such a great event in support of kids with cancer.
Why did you decide to fundraise for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation?
I first decided to raise money for the Foundation as it seemed like the most sensible and easiest way to get funds directly to where they are most needed – the children! I knew that I wanted to raise money for children of WA who were undergoing cancer treatment and after a little bit of research I found that the Foundation had a fantastic and easy process to register for raising funds, so it seemed like a bit of a no-brainer.
How did you raise funds?
In September (which also happens to be Childhood Cancer Awareness Month) 2016, we held the 2016 Paediatric Oncology Gold Ball with funds being raised for two WA families whose children were undergoing treatment for cancer, and also for Ward 3B (the oncology ward) at PMH. We had 438 guests in attendance and raised $21, 330.76. We hold the ball every 2 years- so we’re expecting bigger and better things for 2018!
What do you like most about your fundraising?
I personally enjoy meeting the families who we were raising funds for. Meeting a family who is going through the worst thing a family can go through is an incredibly humbling experience, and then having the capacity to give something (however small) back to that family is incredibly gratifying. I was also incredibly proud of the growth of the ball this year- we’ve increased our attendance numbers threefold since 2014 which I’m incredibly happy with!
What advice would you give to others who are interested in fundraising for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation?
My biggest piece of advice would be to submerge yourself in the cause to which you’re donating! Allow the people you’re donating to, to be your inspiration! The more inspired you are the less likely you’re going to get bored and also the more driven you are to fight for donations and to make your fundraiser a success.
I’d also recommend doing your fundraising with a friend/family member. This year I had one of my best friends, Jessica Lim as my co-chair and she shouldered a lot of the load in the planning of the ball which was incredibly helpful and amazing.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Natasha and Jessica for organising such a great event and for their dedication to kids with cancer in WA!
You can find out more about the Paediatric Oncology Gold Ball on Facebook.
More pictures from the night are available on Facebook – thanks to Carisse Antonas Photography.