Young celebs rally to fight cancer

Monday 14 July, 2008

Carrie Bickmore and a host of Melbourne celebrities will put the glamour back into fundraising when they launch The Cancer Council Victoria's 2008 Daffodil Ball at the Albert Park Hotel at 7pm on Tuesday 22 July.

Celebrities Dean Cherry, Nick Foley, Andy Murphy, Melissa Hertherington and Georgia Sinclair will join Ms Bickmore at the cocktail launch function.

Ms Bickmore, who is best known for her work on Rove and Nova, says her own cancer experience has left her determined to make the Daffodil Ball a success.

"I always thought cancer was something that happened to unhealthy people or older people, but seeing my husband diagnosed with a brain tumour made me realise it does not discriminate," Ms Bickmore said.

The Daffodil Ball, which for 14 years has been hosted by the volunteer Young People's Committee, has become an important way for Melbourne's youth to contribute to the cancer fight.

"Throughout its history, the Daffodil Ball has raised $1.6 million for the Cancer Council, so we're excited about what can be achieved in 2008," Young People's Committee President Myles Munro said.

"The Daffodil Ball is also a great opportunity to get together with friends while raising money for a fantastic cause. We want this year's ball to be about celebration, with plenty of love, hope and laughter," he said.

The Daffodil Ball will be held on Saturday 23 August 2008 at the glamorous Atlantic Group Venue in Docklands, and will feature some of Melbourne's best DJs.

Daffodil Ball tickets will go on sale at the Albert Park Hotel launch on 22 July, with the first 200 discounted to $88 (inc. GST). Remaining tickets will be sold at $100 (inc. GST), with all funds raised going to the Cancer Council's research, education and support programs.

For more information or to buy Daffodil Ball tickets, call 1300 65 65 85 or visit www.cancervic.org.au/daffodilball


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