Press release April 15th 2016

Annual Soar Print FINZ Fundraising Excellence Awards Gala Dinner

Thu 14 Apr 2016, Auckland War Memorial Museum Event Centre Category: Volunteer Fundraising – Friends of the Cancer Society (FOC’s)

The Diplomats Ball held in Wellington early December 2105 was nominated in the events category of the 2016 FINZ Excellence Awards. The judges were very impressed with the entry and the amazing results that were achieved by the volunteer team who organised and ran the event, so much so that a special award the Flightdec Volunteer Fundraising Award was established as a consequence. The Friends of the Cancer Society (FOC’s) group won the inaugural award on behalf of the Cancer Society Wellington. 

FOC’s and the spouses of Heads of Mission held the Black Tie Ball at Shed 6 to raise funds for the Cancer Society Wellington. The evening was a huge success, raising $249,000 on the night. Over the past 10 years, the group have helped to raise $1,000,000 for the Cancer Society Wellington. “What an amazing group of volunteer fundraisers” says Michael Smith CEO Cancer Society Wellington “not only do the numbers tell the story but mention must be made also of the value of the outreach to the community of the events they have organised, on our behalf. We are humbled and grateful for their ongoing support.”

Those FOC’s members present commented "We felt humbled that our fundraising efforts have been recognised in this inaugural award created for exceptional volunteer fundraising achievements"

The citation from the judges included;

Volunteering is essential to the success of most if not all charitable organisations and volunteers contribute with their time, expertise, and in fundraising itself. The group winning this Special Award were volunteers involved in all three of these components. In fact they were involved in the total organisation of the event and were fully responsible for it. This meant of course, that almost every dollar raised went directly to the cause.

So tonight, with this Special Award we honour and congratulate all our volunteers but in particular a team of volunteers who have done something extraordinary…

[L-R: Ann-Louise Gower, Chris Dunphy, Erica Newell, Judith Langridge & Robyn Turner]
For any further enquiry please contact:

Graeme Milne
Fundraising and Communications Manager
Cancer Society Wellington
P: 04 389 0052
M: 0211337119

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