Last night, 150 Dancing Queens (aka North Shore Mums) descended upon Event Cinemas in Hornsby for the special fundraising screening of ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again’ for North Shore Mums Smiles2U.
The night kicked off with drinks and chatter in the private function room at the cinemas, before moving into the cinema for a few quick speeches, lucky door prizes and the much anticipated screening of the movie. And it didn’t disappoint! We sang (a lot), we laughed (a lot) and we cried (a little). In our humble opinion, it was just as brilliant as the first one.
As well as it being a fun night out, we’re also delighted that the evening raised over $7000 for North Shore Mums Smiles2U, who create care packages for sick kids and worried parents at the emergency departments of our local hospitals. This local organisation is run by volunteers (Michelle Key, Michelle Barry, Sarah Collison & Michelle Cini), and operates entirely by donations from local businesses and caring people.
In addition, the online auction featured over 100 prizes from local businesses, and generated over $12,500 worth of bids.
So with almost $20,000 raised, this is going to have a monumental impact on the reach that Smiles2U can continue to have on local families.
Huge thanks to our five major sponsors, who contributed a significant amount of these funds by sponsoring this event. Support them if you can… what goes around, come around!
- African Ubuntu Safaris
- ChemDry Rapid Dry Carpet & Upholstery
- McCarroll’s Volkswagen
- OH Property Group
- WiSE Specialist Medical
Big thanks to the wonderful Katherine Millard Photography who donated her time to capture some gorgeous photos of the night.
About North Shore Mums Smiles2U
North Shore Mums Smiles2U create care packages for children and parents for those unexpected and unplanned times you find yourself at the Emergency department of the local hospital with your child. The Smiles2U kids packs include items like colouring-in books, sticker books and crayons, while the pack for mums contains items such as hand cream, lip gloss, a bar of chocolate and lovely teas. These packs are currently distributed at seven local hospitals.
This year’s focus for the movie night will be to raise enough funds to expand their latest initiative – the Cancer Care packs. These packs are for ladies who are going through chemo treatment in hospital. This new care pack was launched a few months ago at the SAN Hospital’s Day Infusion Unit and most recently at Macquarie University Hospital’s Oncology Day Ward.