After a Covid-19 hiatus, the Otago Polytechnic Cancer Society’s annual Spring Ball is back, bringing a night of “glitter and glamour”.

Organizing Committee Chair Sarah Simmers said the event would be held at Dunedin Town Hall on September 2 and it was hoped that over $100,000 could be raised to support the Otago Division and Southland from the Cancer Society, to continue the valuable work she has done in the community. .

“The past two years have been difficult for the Cancer Society, and especially difficult for people facing a diagnosis of cancer.

“The Cancer Society Spring Ball raises vital funds to support people with cancer.

“It also funds cancer awareness campaigns and vital research.

“The Cancer Society’s support is more crucial than ever, with demand for its services increasing as more and more people contract cancer.”

She said the event was normally sold out, so she encouraged people to buy tickets now.

The ball was co-founded by Dunedin resident John Gallaher, who organized a unique fundraiser in Savoy in the late 1990s for a friend who had been diagnosed with cancer.

He was then approached by Cancer Society board members to do something similar, and so the Spring Ball began.

Mr Gallaher said he was delighted the event was returning after Covid-19
interruptions, and I was looking forward to attending.

Cancer Society chief executive Rachael Hart said the Spring Ball has raised more than $1.3 million since its launch in 1998.

“Everything the Cancer Society does is made possible by the incredible generosity of the community, and it is appealing for that support this year.

“Supporting events like the ball allows the Cancer Society to be there for people facing a cancer diagnosis now and in the years to come, and ensures that no one faces cancer alone.