Organisers are celebrating a great night of fundraising at the annual Leila Rose Foundation Christmas Ball with $63,000 raised to assist 25 families experiencing rare childhood cancer.
About 500 people attended the foundation’s ‘Glitz and Glam’ ball on Saturday night at the Warrnambool Racecourse.
Andrew and Tracy Chow founded the Leila Rose Foundation seven years ago in memory of their daughter who died from rare childhood cancer. Mrs Chow said she expected the event would raise about $50,000 and was thrilled to exceed that target on the night.
“To get $63,000 is amazing. A fantastic result,” she said.
“Everyone had a fantastic time.”
Mrs Chow said it was the largest total the fundraiser had generated. She was grateful for support from the south-west community.
Since it started in 2011 the foundation has assisted 147 families with rare childhood cancer and distributed more than $600,000 to the families supported.
The foundation assists families to ensure they understand their child’s cancer, the treatment process and available treatment options.
The ball included live entertainment, a silent auction and proved to be a popular event for groups to have their Christmas party.