Fundraiser ball called off due to lack of support

LACK of community support has seen this weekend's Lower Clarence Charity Masked Ball cancelled.

Committee chair Lorraine Breust said she was saddened by the decision to call it off, but it had to be done.

"While there was some community support for the event, unfortunately it was not enough to make the ball a viable option for the committee," Ms Breust said.

"While we have had to cancel the event for now, we hope to reschedule the ball to a date in early 2016.

"The committee will announce the rescheduled date in the coming weeks so keep an eye on the media and the Lower Clarence Charity Ball Facebook page for this information."

The volunteer committee is dedicated to raising funds to assist people affected by cancer. The objective for this year's ball was to donate all of the profits towards two initiatives that would specifically assist people affected by cancer and who live in the Lower Clarence area.

After much detailed research and feedback from members of the Lower Clarence community the committee decided to focus on all funds raised towards two local projects.

The first project is the refurbishment of the family waiting room of the Palliative Care Room at Maclean District Hospital, which is used by both local cancer and other terminally ill patients.

The second project will provide funding to Cancer Council NSW for their Transport to Treatment service, which enables eligible people affected by cancer in the Lower Clarence to travel to health services and specialist appointments in Grafton, Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Brisbane.

Ms Breust said there was a need to raise funds for cancer treatment services in the Lower Clarence.

"Every year in NSW more than 37,500 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed," she said.

"In 2016, an expected 14,500 people in NSW alone will lose their life to cancer and the impact on families, carers and the community is significant.

"We were hoping that the funds raised by this year's Masked Ball would go a little way to relieving the burden of this insidious disease for people affected by cancer in the Lower Clarence area."

For those who have paid for tickets for this Saturday night's event, phone the Yamba Golf and Country Club on 6646 2104 for a full refund.

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