First fundraising party ‘makes a difference’

2017-12-12 06:00
A local non-profit organisation hosted its first fundraising event in Crette Road, Wetton last Friday.

A local non-profit organisation hosted its first fundraising event in Crette Road, Wetton last Friday.

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A local non-profit organisation hosted its first fundraising event in Crette Road, Wetton last Friday.

Be-cause Charity’s event kicked off at 20:00 with more than 70 people in attendance.

Event coordinator Gezelle Turner says despite the small turnout, more than 100 tickets were sold to aid the charity drive.

Attendees were treated to a variety of entertaining items, including cabaret performances by Kitty de la Renza, music by DJs Chilli Barnard, K-Swift and Gez TRNR and many jokes by MC and local stand-up comedian Ryan “Joe Zone” Josephs. Various lucky draws were also held.

“The aim of the event was to party with a purpose so that our chosen organisations can reap the benefits of the money raised. All funds raised will be split amongst the members and will be donated to our chosen organisations, which include St Luke’s Hospice, Kensington Football Club, Grassy Park Community Health Centre’s mental health department, Child Line and the Animal Anti-cruelty League,” she says.

“The event was a huge success and all tickets were sold. This was our first fundraiser; we intend to have big social events on a quarterly basis, with a few charitable drives in between. We will be visiting the various organisations and would like people to join us for these causes.”

Turner says the organisation started several years ago, when a group of six young adults participated in a quarterly sandwich drive.

“It was a simple way to give back to those less privileged living in their communities. Their collective desire to give back to their communities continued to grow stronger as the years passed and they participated in and pursued different charity events,” she explains.

“When getting together, this group of like-minded individuals discussed their awareness of those less privileged than themselves and their ability to do more to help them. Today, the Be-cause committee members have found themselves in the perfect place in life, no matter what their financial status, to really group together and try to provide resources to those less ­fortunate.”

She says the committee members will try to not simply hand over the funds collected from the event but will rather work with each organisation and invest in its specific needs.

“Ultimately, we are trying to make a difference. Be-cause was created as an effortless way to no longer just talk but to do more for charity while having fun doing it. Each committee member has chosen to raise funds for a charity that is close to his heart.”

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