Wish brings out stars in Portland

DREAMS will come true in Portland today with the help of stunt planes, footy stars and firefighters who have kept the massive Kentbruck blaze at bay beyond the town’s borders. 

More than 550 people will turnout for tonight’s black tie Make-A-Wish foundation ball, aimed at bringing some magic into the lives of two brave youngsters battling cancer. 

Seven-year-olds Milly Graham, of Yambuk, and Bailey Delaney, of Timboon, will be the special guests, arriving at the marquee by the Portland cable tram. 

Collingwood Football Club captain and coach Nick Maxwell, Nathan Buckley, Harry O’Brien, Tyson Goldsack, and Allan Toovey will fly in to help deliver Bailey’s wish. 

Portland Make-A-Wish branch president and organiser Gail Jaensch said the event continued to be a big drawcard for Portland. 

The night will raise funds for the branch, with some auction items likely to be soughtafter such as a baggy green cap signed by Sir Donald Bradman.

“The RAAF Roulettes are doing a fly over in the afternoon as a salute to the firefighters, police and volunteers,” Ms Jaensch said. 

While the ball has sold out, the public is invited to the foreshore on Saturday from 1pm for a musical and entertainment line-up including Jon Vertigan and Robyn Moore — the voice of Blinky Bill, The Robbie Williams Tribute show, The Musicmen and comedy singer Buddy Goode. The Roulettes will fly over at 1.30pm.

Collingwood players will sign autographs by the marquee on Sunday from 9am until 10.30am. 

s.mcccomish@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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