By Maria Collins
Homebuilders Family Services is working in conjunction with the Matakana Grand Charity Trust to bring to the area the second Matakana Grand Charity Ball at The Stables Restaurant Matakana on September 19. The Trust was borne out of director Monique Jansen’s sincere wish to help two families in her life who both had children that had been diagnosed with leukaemia in 2013. The Trust was formed and the first Matakana Grand Charity Ball raised an amazing $20,000 for the oncology ward at Starship Hospital, while also being a delightful evening for all who attended. Monique says, “We are inspired by the paramount importance of love; love for ourselves, our close ones and then our greater communities. Our vision is that our community lead the way for our country as an example of love-in-action”.
Key member of the MGCB team have chosen Homebuilders as the recipient of this year’s fundraising in recognition of the support the service provides for people from all walks of life who may be experiencing trying times. They say Homebuilders stood out as such a worthy cause to assist because the service is wide-reaching and their support is aimed towards strengthening families, and helping individuals within families cope through times of hardship. Currently, the service is funded to work with 154 families annually. In fact, Homebuilders is at capacity with 310 families. Additional funding is needed so we can continue to assist all those who require our services.
The fun factor has been turned right up for this year’s event with the “Vintage Carnival” theme; complete with circus performers, exquisite food and locally-made beverages, Jasper Hawkins as the opening act and the brilliant Sal Valentine and the Babyshakes as the main musical entertainment.
So, have you or someone you know received invaluable support from Homebuilders Family Services? This may be the perfect way to show your appreciation and support of this worthwhile organisation. The MGCB is still open for sponsorship, whether it is monetary or donations of spot prizes, or items for the the silent and live auctions. Tickets are available at Katya Maker Boutique in Warkworth, Matakana Cinemas, The Circuit Room, RD6, Country Park and Ravish Kiosk, corner of Sharps Road in Matakana. They cost $100 per person or 10 for $800. All funds raised will be directed diectly back to the services that Homebuilders offer to our Rodney community.
Donations can be made to: Grand Matakana Charity Ball 12-3095-0255447-00
Info: www.matakanagrandcharity.co or Facebook: Matakana Grand Charity Ball.