PLANNING AHEAD: Luke McCaul, Nolwenn Foligne, Kev Collins, Cherie Morel and Ken Thackeray planning the Prostate Cancer Ball to be held later this year. Photo: Inge Hansen
PLANNING AHEAD: Luke McCaul, Nolwenn Foligne, Kev Collins, Cherie Morel and Ken Thackeray planning the Prostate Cancer Ball to be held later this year. Photo: Inge Hansen

Ball planned for a cancer cause

PLANS for a Prostate Cancer Ball with a twist are under way to raise funds for prostate cancer awareness and recognise local businesses supporting the cause.

A primary meeting was held on May 6 to organise the structure of the event, which is set to be held on July 17.

The Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club (SICYC) will support the ball and founder Ken Thackeray said it would be an event everyone would love to be a part of.

"We're looking at having a theme, which is a complete contradiction to the standard of the ball we're proposing," he said.

"We're looking at sea princess and black tie and board shorts, but with the trappings of a very elegant setting," he said. "It should be a startling night."

Representing the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia on the night will be distinguished Professor Judith Clements AC.

Mr Thackeray said Professor Clements was one of the highest ranking female researchers in Australia and would distribute awards to businesses recognised as being supporters of prostate cancer awareness.

Mr Thackeray said there were a number of businesses in the Whitsunday community that supported the cause.

"On the night, each of those businesses will be profiled and they'll be thanked by distinguished Professor Judith Clements for their input into maintaining awareness and assisting with research into prostate cancer," he said.

The night will not be short of awards as the team recognises those who go the extra yard in supporting Shag Island Cruising Yacht Club and its prostate cancer cause.

"We're going to recognise sponsors by awarding them what we call a "Salty", which is the SICYC version of the academy award. They come in gold, silver and bronze," Mr Thackeray said.

"Hogs Breath Australia have also donated a perpetual award for the SICYC Hero of the Year, which is a huge crystal vase."

Mr Thackeray said there were currently 4654 people from 14 nations in the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club.

"Last year, SICYC raised $84,000 for prostate cancer and so far (to date) we have raised $300,000," he said.

A 1972 HQ Holden has also been donated and Mr Thackeray said it would appear on the night.

"We've had it brought up through all the regional towns and we plan to have it here at least a month and a half before the ball," he said.

Abell Point Marina manager, Luke McCaul, said he was expecting the night to be "unreal".

"Not only is it going to be an opportunity for us to raise money for prostate cancer and to recognise support from local businesses, it also gives an opportunity for local businesses to get involved," he said.

"Businesses that are not currently involved in the SICYC can come along and maybe take a table and get a bit of an understanding of how they can be involved and be a part of the network in the future."

Mr Thackeray said the team involved were very excited for the ball and he encouraged businesses to consider booking a table for the night.

"I don't think it'll just be locals attending on the night but people from all over Australia," he said.

He said yachties from Brisbane had already expressed their interest in the ball.

"I think it's going to be a ball with a difference and it's certainly going to be a ball for a cause."

Stay tuned for information about bookings and event details, which will be released in weeks to come.


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