Last Friday night saw the inaugural Beanie Ball for Brain Cancer and organiser Christine Dodson is very happy to report that the event was a fantastic success.
By Rich Evans. Photos by Nicola Read
Christine organised the Ball after losing her own sister Robin to the disease just last year, and she wanted to do something to honour Robin’s memory as well as raise much needed funds for research into the disease.
“Brain Cancer is one of the most aggressive forms of cancers with a very low survival rate, yet it gets less than 5% of the funding of all other cancers,” said guest of honour and speaker on the night, Paul ‘The Chief’ Harragon. Paul is also an ambassador for the Mark Hughes Foundation, a charity established by his friend and fellow Newcastle Knights footballer Mark Hughes.
Christine had a goal to raise $10,000 to donate to the charity, and thanks to the generosity of local business and the audience on the night, managed to raise $10,739.
“The night exceeded my expectations, but even in the lead up, I had locals and interstate friends who couldn’t make the night asking how they could donate money,” said Christine
“Not only am I excited about the funds raised at the event, but it’s got people talking, whether it’s friends, neighbours or clients, people are approaching me and telling their personal stories of loved ones affected by brain cancer. If anyone were to think this is not a local charity, they are sadly mistaken, brain cancer is prominent across the board.” Christine continued.
The ball is now set to become an annual event and will hopefully grow over the coming years so that fund can continued to be raised and eventually lead to a break though for the disease as has happened for other forms of cancer in recent years.
For more information on how you can donate and to keep updated for next year, follow Grey Matters Beanie Ball on Facebook.