The Tattersall’s Club community has donated over $15,700 to Australian charities over the recent months through both raffles and auctions held during Club events.
The Ladies Charity Lunch on Friday 9 September supported Vision Australia through its annual charity raffle. Guest speaker Karen Knight, General Manager for Queensland and Northern Territory Client Services, Vision Australia shared how the charity supports Australians who experience vision difficulties and shared some of her own personal challenges as a vision impaired individual. The lunch was attended by over 180 guests who dug deep to raise $7,000 for Vision Australia. Event host Sharon Whybird presented the cheque to Karen at the conclusion of the event.
A spokesperson for Vision Australia said the funds would greatly assist the support the charity offers to the vision impaired. “The generous support from the Ladies Charity Lunch will go towards helping people who are blind or have low vision, to live the life they choose. Our services provide practical and life long support for people of all ages, from babies who are born blind needing crucial early intervention services to reach developmental milestones, to young adults pursuing tertiary or work opportunities and for those who lose their sight who need assistance to live independently again.”
On Tuesday 11 October over 100 Tattersall’s Members, guests and families attended An Evening With Olympic Champions Cate and Bronte Campbell, who were both fresh from representing Australia in the Rio Olympic Games. During the evening, guests raised $4,000 for Alzheimer’s Australia by auctioning memorabilia signed by the Campbell sisters and an additional $800 through a charity raffle.
Victoria Beedle, Queensland Chief Executive Officer for Alzheimer’s Australia said there is currently no cure so a significant boost in funding is urgently needed. “Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) congratulates Tattersall’s Club for making dementia a priority by raising funds and awareness as part of An Evening With Olympic Champions Cate and Bronte Campbell,” said Victoria. “People can live well after their diagnosis if they are given the right support. Supporters such as Tattersall’s Club can make their community a dementia-friendly place and promote active, healthy and engaging lives for people living with a diagnosis of dementia.”
The Club’s annual Melbourne Cup Lunch, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Toowong, was enjoyed by over 500 Members and guests on Tuesday 1 November. During the event tickets were sold for the prestigious charity raffle, with prizes including a Mercedes-Benz for a week and $6,000 worth of jewellery from Robert White Jewellers. Event guests raised over $4,700 for Youngcare, which was presented to Acting Chief Executive Officer Melissa Morrison by Tattersall’s Club President Des Whybird.
A spokesperson for Youngcare said the donation would allow the charity to purchase much needed facilities for their residents. “Tattersall’s generous donation is equal to the cost of approximately two high-low beds. High low beds are a vital piece of equipment (not currently funded by the government) and can mean the difference between a young life lived in aged care, or the opportunity for a young Aussie to remain at home.”