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Making Fundraising History Again


It’s not every fundraising group in Australia that can boast they produced $50,000 from one luncheon – but that’s exactly what Children’s Medical Research Institute’s Canberra Committee did.

The group of dedicated volunteers held their Annual Luncheon in November and president Velinka Vecchi said it was another strong year.

“We have at least 350 each year and this time we had 370,’’ Ms Vecchi said. “We have such a loyal group of attendees. Everyone left smiling from such a beautiful day.''

Every year the Canberra Committee holds its Annual Luncheon at a different venue.

Last year it was at The Lodge and this year it was in the spectacular grounds of the historic Merryville Homestead in Yass, thanks to hosts Ning and Robert Clark.

"They were very generous hosts,''  Ms Vecchi said. “Their house was just beautiful and very historic. It is a National Trust property.''
“Luckily, we had a gorgeous day for it after so much rain. We were really blessed.’’

There were also half a dozen stalls selling Christmas gifts from homemade cakes and puddings, jams, craft and Children’s Medical Research Institute fundraising merchandise.

The Canberra Committee also hold a very successful Denim Cocktail Party each year around Jeans for Genes which also has a strong and growing interest.

Formed in 1960, the Canberra Committee was one of the first to support Children’s Medical Research Institute. Their first Annual Luncheon was held in 1964 at Michalago Station, where My Brilliant Career was filmed.