A Melbourne real estate agency hosted a black-tie charity ball to raise funds for important cancer research.
The event held by Biggin & Scott Knox raised $10,454 for Cancer Council Victoria.
The decision to raise funds for cancer research was personal, said Biggin & Scott Knox director Danelle Hunter.
“The work carried out by Cancer Council is something that’s very close to my heart. I have lost several of my family members to cancer, including most recently my uncle and godfather, Ian Hunter,” the director said.
Ian Hunter was a firefighter for most of his adult life and passed away late last year due to an aggressive form of lung cancer that spread to his brain.
“Back in the early days, firefighters didn’t have access to the same levels of safety and protective gear that we have today, and as a result, they were inhaling smoke all the time. There’s no clear proof. However, a lot of anecdotal evidence shows that a large number of firefighters from that time are now being diagnosed with lung cancer,” Ms Hunter said.
Ms Hunter said that she was proud of the successful ball and was happy to help raise funds for new research.
“Myself and the rest of the team at Biggin & Scott Knox are thrilled that our charity ball was such a success, and we’re so happy that we have been able to help by raising more than $10,000 that will go towards research into new treatments for lung cancer,” the director said.
The head of fundraising for Cancer Council Victoria, Andrew Buchanan, said that funds raised from such events made up more than half of their funding.
“The work we do simply isn’t possible without the passionate support of groups like Biggin & Scott Knox. Cancer affects everyone in some way, with 90 Victorians diagnosed every day,” Mr Buchanan said.
Mr Buchanan added that the only way the council can continue to change lives is through donations from people and groups like Biggin & Scott Knox.
“Every minute, every hour, every day, Cancer Council Victoria is here to help those impacted, and we rely on generous donations and from organisations like Biggin & Scott Knox,” the fundraising head said.