Titans kick goals for sick kids with charity ball and auction

14 Jul

The Cirque de Soleil themed ballroom at the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the annual Titans charity ball. Source: Gold Coast Titans Facebook

By Charlie Churchill, Bond University Journalism Student 

The Gold Coast Titans have  backed the Ronald McDonald House for the third year in a row to help local families with sick children, said the club’s CEO Graham Annesley.

The Aquis Gold Coast Titans annual charity ball was held Saturday July 9 at the RACV Royal Pines Resort with more than 800 guests at the Cirque de Soleil-themed event.

Mr Annesley said the auctions and raffles were very successful on the night and the money will help support Gold Coast families.

“Everyone is aware of the fabulous work done by Ronald McDonald House (RMH) across Australia, but it is particularly relevant for the Gold Coast community,” he said.

“Many local families find themselves in the unfortunate situation where young children are admitted to hospital in Brisbane and parents need to be with them 24/7.

“Without RMH many of these parents with limited financial resources would be forced to incur significant accommodation costs just to care for their children.”

The Ronald McDonald house is a charity founded by McDonald’s Australia, and aims to provide the families of seriously ill children a home away from home while their children are receiving treatment.

The money that was raised on the night will go towards a new Ronald McDonald House that is being built in Brisbane. The $20 million project will have 13 levels, with a minimum of 70 rooms and is expected to be completed at the end of the year.

News reporter Jack Harbour attended the event and said it was a great event for both supporters of the Titans and people wanting to donate to a worth-while cause.

“I think the majority of the people that are there, are either great supporters of the club or they are there to show their support or raise money for the charity,” he said.

“(Charity events) are such a great vehicle for fundraising. I can’t think of another scenario where an event can raise that much money in a night.

“The thing that sets the Titans apart, they are the only [club] that holds these types of events. This event centres around making money for people. I love those nights.”

Some of the major prizes that guests were able to bid on this year included a new Audi A4, a private jet to a Hamilton Island getaway, a 16-day Classic China holiday for two and a VIP weekend for two at the annual Audi Hamilton Island race week in August.

It is still too early to determine how much money was raised at the event but from past 10 years, over $1 million has been donated to a number of charities from previous events.



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