Manning Valley Push for Palliative annual fundraiser

Dancers from last years garden party fund-raiser
Dancers from last years garden party fund-raiser

Manning Valley Push for Palliative (MVP4P) is holding its annual major fundraiser, the riverside garden party, on Sunday, October 21, and organisers have appealed to the public to donate items for the auction.

The community charity raises funds to support palliative care patients and their carers.

The garden party will be officially opened by member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, and the MidCoast Council’s newly elected mayor, David West, who incidentally was a founding member of MVP4P, has also been invited.

MVP4P chairperson Judy Hollingworth said that donations of items to be auctioned, offered as prizes, or put on the menu at the garden party are greatly appreciated.

“The more inventive, unusual or valuable items we have, the more fun we can have with our auctions and other events,” she said.

“And of course we want as many people as possible to attend. The event is in a really beautiful setting, at Marie and Eugene O’Neill’s lovely home, on the banks of the Manning River at Bohnock.”

Last year’s garden party held on the same site, and was the first major event for MVP4P.

The day was very successful, contributing $7000 of the first funds the charity raised.

“The community really supported us, and we want to do even better this year,” said Ms Hollingworth.

This year’s garden party will feature food and beverages, with music performed by Bob Berrigan’s band, ‘All That Jazz’, crooner ‘Hats’ Lewis, and Wingsong Community Choir.

MVP4P raises funds to assist patients with life-limiting health conditions, providing specialist equipment and home-care services they might otherwise not be able to access.

It has just announced a contract with health provider Cavalry Community Care, guaranteeing a monthly amount of funds raised to be devoted to patient care at home.

For tickets or to make donations, contact Judy 0409 558 652; Shirley 0434 341 492; Lyn 0414 521 034; or Louise 0466 288 422.