by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Leukemia Foundation Representative Jacinta Ridge travelled from Melbourne to attend the Leukemia Foundation Fundraiser organised by Wattle Range Councillor Sharon Cox. The annual Mayoral Ball fundraises for a different charity each year and this year the Leukamia Foundation was the chosen charity.
Over 200 people attended the event each paying $60-00 a ticket to enjoy entertainer Ross Wilson, dance to the music of a fondly remembered era and raise valuable funds for leukemia research.
Ms Ridge works with the Leukemia Foundation in Melbourne, assessing grant applications for research and said, “my job is more than assessing grant recipients, it has a flow on effect. I realise that each time I make a decision about an application for funding, I can be making the difference between life and death for someone because research is about finding a cure or a treatment that can be just that – life or death, so I take my job very seriously.”
Ms Ridge presented Sharon Cox with a Certificate of Appreciation for the work she has done raising much needed funds and to the people of the Wattle Range Region for supporting Ms Cox in her efforts.
Her speech follows:-
” I am the Research Executive Officer at the Leukemia Foundation and I am with you this evening to express our sincere appreciation for Sharon Cox and the Wattle Range Community.
Sharon has led an incredible team of passionate and loyal supporters of the Leukemia Foundation since 2002 when she was a participant in the SA Quest to raise money for our cause.
She, together with the help of the community of the Wattle Range Council, has run events, sold merchandise, assisted national campaigns, advocated, and has been an ambassador for our Vision to Cure, and Mission to Care.
In 2013, Sharon and the larger community’s efforts culminated in the opening of the Wattle Range Council Family Apartment, which is a three bedroom unit nestled amongst 14 other ‘home away from home’ style accommodation apartments at the Bridgestone Australia Leukemia Foundation Village in Northfield Adelaide.
The village is now a beacon for all patients and families living with blood cancer, providing New South Wales and Victoria who need to relocate to Adelaide for treatment. As well as the accommodation service, the Village offers free patients transport, educational seminars, counseling, a gymnasium and a place to call home for thousands of blood cancer patients and their families to turn to when in need.
In 2014, your collective fundraising efforts for Light the Night resulted in the support of two promising, establishing researchers, Drs Wendy Parket and David Tak On Yeung, at the University of South Australia who are developing novel methods to examine drug resistance in chronic myeloid leukamia. The support of establishing local researchers is vital to the growth of the haematology community in South Australia, and we watch Wendy and David’s progress with great interest.
Without the efforts of Sharon Cox, the wonderful people of the Wattle Range Council, and especially the community of Millicent, these feats would not have been achieved.
Your community’s contribution will forever be celebrated and your continued support is always so appreciated….and so it is with great pleasure that I present to the community this token of our appreciation..Thankyou.”
The dance floor remained full most of the night with revellers only pausing for breath when absolutely necessary and as you can see the Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams cut a mean rug with wife Leonie, showing some fancy footwork indeed.
Ms Cox said today, she hopes to have the final figures of funds raised, from Mayor Gandolfi, by the end of the week. She said she was extremely pleased with the success of the event.
Wattlerangenow has prepared the following snapshot of the event.