Finding cures for children's genetic diseases


Putting the fun in fundraising


There could be no better way to fundraise for charity than at an event that involves a family picnic and dancing to the classic tunes of ABBA!

That’s exactly what happened in October when Ku-ring-gai Council on Sydney’s North Shore held their annual Twilight Spring Concert in Wahroonga Park.
The event was attended by more than 4000 people who turned up with a picnic blanket, plenty of food and drinks, and with their dancing shoes ready for action.

This year’s entertainment was provided by ABBA tribute band, Abbalanche, who put on a fantastic performance for the crowd.

What made the night even more special was that Ku-ring-gai Council invited Children’s Medical Research Institute to become the official charity partner for the event. This meant that CMRI staff could set up a Jeans for Genes stall, collect donations and educate the crowd about what we do.
The highlight of the event was an appearance by the Luk family of Bernard and Nicole with their three beautiful daughters, Lana, Maddy and Briella.
Bernard and Nicole spoke about Maddy and Briella’s genetic condition, Diastrophic Dysplasia, which can impact everything from their ability to breathe normally to walking.
“We talked a bit about how research was important and that they only way to develop cures was through investment into research,’’ Bernard said. “There was a great sense of community spirit, which was clear from the huge attendance that night.’’


He said it was great to see a community event being used as an opportunity to educate people and fundraise.
“I think it’s a fantastic idea.  It allows communities, and not just individuals and corporations, to partner with charitable causes. It also opens up the awareness element of CMRI to an audience which you might otherwise not be able to reach easily.’’
Melanie Morson, who is manager of Visitor Experience and Events at Ku-ring-gai Council, said it was a wonderful celebration.
“Ku-ring-gai Council was proud to support the Children’s Medical Research Institute at the Abbalanche Twilight Concert in Wahroonga Park.’’
The crowd managed to raise $3000 on the night.