23 Feb Gala Ball 2018
The 10th Anniversary of the Arnott’s Foundation Gala Ball was held on the 23rd of February at the International Convention Centre in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.
Over 900 guests were entertained by Catriona Rowntree as MC, and performances from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Fasika, and Furnace and the Fundamentals.
On behalf of Camp Quality, Brooke Macarthur and Melissa Zerafa, spoke publicly for the first time on the night about the heartbreak of finding out their sons had cancer and how friendship helped them through their hardest days in hospital.
“Mel and I instantly shared the mutual feeling of helplessness watching our sons battle their cancers, our feelings of despair at not being with our other children and those haunting fears for our son’s futures,” Brooke says.
“Prior to our sons being diagnosed we had both never really given much thought into how Camp Quality helped families impacted by cancer … until we became those families,” Brooke says, “The unwavering support, the opportunities to reconnect and the countless smiles on our kids’ faces at Camp Quality programs will stay with us for a lifetime.”
The night was a great success with the Arnott’s Foundation successfully raising over $500,000. These funds will go towards running Camp Quality Family Camps across Australia.
Thank you to the organising committee for the biggest and best Gala Ball yet!