Perth’s Gen Y Dig Deep For $80,000 Donation To Leukaemia Foundation
➢ $80,000 donated to Leukaemia Foundation for 2016 Cancer No Bueno Charity Ball
➢ Sold-out crowd of 1200 danced the night away at Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
➢ Total of $140,000 donated to Leukaemia Foundation over three years
Held on 18 June 2016, the third annual Cancer No Bueno charity ball has delivered a record-breaking donation to the Leukaemia Foundation. This year’s donation of $80,000 doubled the previous year’s contribution to total $140,000 raised over three years.
From humble beginnings, Perth’s favourite Generation Y charity ball grew to see a sold-out crowd of 1200 revel in the delights of the evening, raising an incredible $80,000 for the organisation’s chosen charity. Co-founder Brittany Lovell presented the cheque to Leukaemia Foundation General Manager Andrew York on Friday.
“Over the last few years I have had the privilege of being involved in the Cancer No Bueno charity ball,” Mr. York said.
“It is like no other charity event in Perth – its key focus is on inviting the Gen Y population to expand their vocabulary from ‘I want’ to ‘I want to make a difference’. The Cancer No Bueno team are a much-appreciated team of dedicated and passionate volunteers who have had someone special in their lives affected by Leukaemia.”
Hosted by Network Seven’s Mark ‘Gibbo’ Gibson and attended by high profile Perth socialites including Samara Tugwell, Caty Price, Natasha Butler, Juvelle Behrendorff, Lia Tapper, and 92.9’s Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw, the event has been touted as an incredible success.
Party-goers enjoyed the spectacular view of Elizabeth Quay from the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre’s Bellevue Ballroom, and danced well into the night with sets from Perth’s favourite 90’s cover band Neopolitan, Fidel & McShane and YORP DJs.
22-year-old Georgia Lowry spoke of her cruel battle with a rare and aggressive form of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia from just eight weeks of age. Twenty years later, Georgia is cancer free and although she still struggles with the side-effects of intense radiation and chemotherapy, she uses her experience to inspire others.
The first Cancer No Bueno was held in 2014 with 250 people at the WACA, and has grown to become one of the most anticipated events on the Gen Y social scene. The ball is run by a committee of four young women, all of whom have been affected by the devastating effects of blood cancer in family and friends.
“By the age of 24, two of my closest friends had spoken the words nobody wants to hear – ‘I have cancer’,” Ms Lovell said.
“After watching our friends bravely battle through chemotherapy and the cruel side effects that come with it, we formed this event to raise funds and awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation to support the amazing work they do.”
The event was sponsored by generous local businesses donating their time and resources to bring the evening to life, including System Link Productions, Choices Flooring and Halo Communications. The 2016 silent auction and major prize raffle were a highlight, featuring donations from local designers, artists, businesses, sporting teams, and five holiday escapes.
Event proceeds go to the Leukaemia Foundation, Australia’s peak body for blood related cancers, whose work goes beyond funding research and treatment. Providing amazing support for patients and families dealing with the diagnosis of blood cancers, the Leukaemia Foundation offer an extensive range of free services to help patients through every step of their journey across the whole of Western Australia.
ABOUT CANCER NO BUENO
➢ Started in 2014 – 250 guests at WACA, $20,000 donated
➢ 2015 event held at Pan Pacific with 700 guests and $40,000 donated
➢ 2016 event held at PCEC with 1200 guests and $80,000 donated
➢ $140,000 donated to Leukaemia Foundation over three years
➢ Brittany Lovell – Founder & Operations
➢ Laurie Davidson – Finance & Donations
➢ Jaylee Osborne – Production & Entertainment
➢ Alison Balch – Media & Public Relations
Our mission is to help change the lives of people who have been affected by Leukaemia and assist in finding a cure in the future. The funds raised at Cancer No Bueno events will help provide the much needed research into prevention, detection and treatment of Leukaemia. Through our nominated charity, the funds will go towards providing emotional, financial and community support to those affected.