CMRI's Quirindi Committee Raises $100,000 at its 50th Birthday Ball
Children’s Medical Research Institute’s (CMRI’s) Quirindi Committee has handed over a cheque for $100,000 after celebrating its 50-year anniversary at a black tie gala event. Hosted as both a celebration of the committee’s dedication to CMRI over the past 50 years and a fundraiser, 350 guests attended the event, all contributing to the magnificant fundraising effort.
“The response was absolutely overwhelming and far exceeded our expectations,” said Quirindi committee president, Amanda Murray. “Donations are still coming in. The generosity of sponsors, businesses and individuals has been amazing, and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to making the night such a great community event.”
Quirindi committee volunteers. Photo Credit: Sally Alden, Quirindi Advocate
It was a lively event, with Richard Burns and Dennis Lee taking control as Master of Ceremonies and award-winning auctioneer and Liverpool Plains agent, Tom Tanner, commentating a successful auction.
Professor Roger Reddel, Director of CMRI, spoke at the event, highlighting the importance of medical research. “A top international scientist is soon relocating to Australia to undertake cancer research alongside CMRI, because we are offering a world-first in that area. Imagine if we are able to assist in cures for cancer, it will not only assist children, but all people across the globe.”
Entertainment in the form of a sing-along with local songstress, Kate Figueira, was a highlight, as was Tom Tanner performing some classic Garth Brooks covers.
CMRI is grateful for the dedicated work of the Quirindi Committee, and all its committees, in not only raising awareness, but also much needed funds to continue vital medical research.