For the third year running the wonderful members of the Rotary Club of Rowville-Lysterfield in Victoria have held a fundraising dinner for Australian Cancer Research Foundation. Nothing so remarkable you might think, except for this event all the gentlemen of the club are the waiters and the lady members (wives, girlfriends, mothers, aunts, nieces and female friends) are the guests!
On a chilly evening in May, 71 ladies were wined and dined by 9 men, amusingly dressed in penguin-bibbed t-shirts made specially for the occasion. The venue was the beautifully decorated Tosaria’s Restaurant in Rowville which has been hosting this event since 2016.
Wine and champagne was served on arrival and balloons purchased to unlock a special prize for a lucky punter after dinner, along with plentiful raffle and lucky door prizes contributed by generous local businesses.
ACRF staff member based in Melbourne, Victoria Bonsey, was the Key Note Speaker and spoke about the evolution of cancer research and the history of the organization, leading to the grants awarded most recently and the breakthrough research outcomes. These outcomes are the result of ACRF’s generous supporters helping fund vital cancer research projects. As she explained, we are at a crucial time in the history of cancer research. Our current greatest need is a collaborative effort here in Australia to equip our brightest research brains with the latest tools and technology to outsmart cancer. She then announced in 2018 Australian Cancer Research Foundation will award an additional $10 million grant.
Questions and answers afterwards revealed the depth of concern about the complexities and breadth of different cancers and wholehearted support for the funding of more cancer research.
At the end of the evening President Alan Lunghusen and past President Heather Eddy proudly presented Victoria with a cheque for $3,000 for ACRF. This brings the total raised since 2016 to $8,700! Another great effort to be proud of Rotary Club of Rowville-Lysterfield; your support is truly appreciated.