Organisers Mary Vidler and Cheryl Jux with Ann Spillane from Friends of St Vincent’s Hospital are getting ready for the masked ball.
Organisers Mary Vidler and Cheryl Jux with Ann Spillane from Friends of St Vincent’s Hospital are getting ready for the masked ball.

Have a ball while caring

Everyone likes to dress up for a fun night out and there's nothing like a masquerade ball to add a bit of mystery and intrigue to a Valentine's Day event.

Putting their bejewelled heads together, supporters of St Vincent's Private Hospital have organised a special Valentine's Masked Ball and Auction to raise money for the hospital's oncology unit and give people a chance to step out in style.

All money raised will go towards a renovation in the unit to enable doctors to have private one-to-one consultations with patients, which currently isn't possible in the open-plan ward.

"I myself have had lots of skin cancers cut out and this is my way of giving something back - I've been lucky with my lot but I know lots of others who haven't been so lucky," said organiser Cheryl Jux, who has worked in housekeeping at the hospital for 15 years. "The Big C is out there and it touches almost everyone - we all like a good night out, and this is a great chance for young couples to dress up and go somewhere on Valentine's weekend, but it's nice to know the money is going to something really worthwhile."

The Valentine's Masked Ball and Auction will be held on Saturday, February 11, from 6pm at the Lismore Workers Club. Colourful identity Nora Vidler-Blanksby will take on MC duties with Lismore MP Thomas George stepping in as auctioneer for the night. Cheryl said they were very grateful to the many local businesses that have donated items, with lots going under the hammer including St George and Broncos signed and framed jerseys, a tyre package from Frank Vanz, a travel voucher from Travelworld and much more.

For $48 you can enjoy a sit down two-course meal, dancing to band Check 2, lucky spots and giveaways, plus there will be prizes for the Belle and Beau of the Ball as well as for best masks.

For tickets phone the club on 6621 7401 before Wednesday, February 8, or if you would like to lend your support by donating something for the auction, phone Ann Spillane on 6627 9340.


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