Wow! Words cannot describe the magic we felt in the room at our HAS Foundation Mother’s Day Luncheon last week.
On Thursday afternoon, 284 HAS supporters came together at the beautiful SkyCity ballroom to celebrate mums and raise money to support our work. There was electricity in the air as people met, laughed, enjoyed lunch, and raised vital funds to help families in Paediatric Palliative Care.
Drum roll, please……!
We are thrilled to announce, that we raised over $80,000 to bring our next dream to life – a modified vehicle that can assist families to transport their seriously ill children to hospital, outings, and other appointments.
A heartfelt and tearful THANK YOU to each person who came along to the event, bid on an auction item, bought a raffle ticket, sponsored the event, donated and generally made the event what it was.
Much more than just a charity lunch, we felt the joy as the Tutti Arts Choir stunned the room with their incredible voices and hearts. Next up Taryn Brumfit absolutely inspired us with her take on embracing life and living for the moment. Rebecca Morse was our MC extraordinaire and gave us laughs and sincerity as she interviewed Sara, a Paediatric Palliative Care nurse who looks after families like ours.
One of our favourite (and most overwhelming) moments was when we asked for 20 people to stand up and purchase a $400 care pack for a family and 35 people stood up, raising $14,000! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Your donations, including a special $20,000 gift from the Hospital Research Foundation will go towards helping us bring our transport program to life. This is not just about a van that can go from one place to another, but about creating a whole fun experience for a family who are isolated and need to get out and about but would struggle to do it without help.
Over the next 12 months, we will be working on getting this program up and running, including:
- sourcing a vehicle
- getting it modified and ready for wheelchair access
- wrapping it in customised and fun stickers
- working out plans to facilitate the program
- creating a group of volunteer drivers
- liaising with the Women’s and Children’s Hospital team and so much more.
We love that this is an ongoing project that will benefit families for years to come. THANK YOU.
We know Hunter would have been so proud of all of us for coming together to help seriously ill children and their families.
Thank you all again and if you were not able to attend the event and would like to make a donation, or if you did attend the event and felt moved to make a donation, you can do so right here. Wouldn’t it be amazing to get to $100,000 before the end of the financial year?
We also want to take a moment to thank our amazing sponsors. If you want to work with heart-centred people who walk the walk and talk the talk, please get in touch with one of our sponsors for your needs.
Major donors and sponsors:
- Hamilton wines
- Toop and Toop
- 23rd St Distillery
- Plant Resort
- Indy Rose Flowers
- Holidays of Australia
- Villa Beach Palm Cove
- Channel 7
- Golden Boy
- Forage Supple Co
- Gastronomo dining
- Snellings View
- Class A jewellers
- One Rundle Trading
- Coriole wines
- The Source
- Wirra Wirra
- Melt Hyde Park
- Nomade Collection
- The Bird Cage
- Saint Garde
- Mr Riggs Wine Co
- Rebecca Morse
- Taryn Brumfit
- Tutti Arts Choir
- KT Buzz Duo
- Hashtag Instaprints
- On the Table Events
- Top Knot Marketing
- Drummer Marketing