Record $100,000 raised at Dunedin’s Otago Polytechnic Cancer Society Spring Ball


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The 20th Annual Otago Polytechnic Cancer Society Spring Ball was held earlier this month at Dunedin’s Town Hall where a record amount of just over $100,000 was raised. Over 400 people attended the night which was opened by a stunning local cello ensemble and followed by drinks, fine dining, live music, dancing and an exciting live auction where guests were encouraged to “bid outrageously”.

Cancer Society Otago Southland’s CEO Rachel Hart said “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of businesses, sponsors, and those attending this year. It was wonderful to see so many people having fun whilst supporting the work of the Cancer Society in our region”.  The money raised will go towards providing supportive care services for those diagnosed with cancer, delivering health promotion programmes that aim to reduce the incidence of cancer for future generations and to fund research into cancer and cancer risk.

The room fell silent as guests watched a video of survivors and supporters telling their stories in the “we can” video that received such a positive reaction on social media during its release earlier in the year. Rachael’s opening speech also reminded guests of the reason they had come together that night. “We can be there for people… at any stage of their journey, to help them work through all their questions and concerns. We can’t take the cancer away, but we can help them move it from being all consuming.”

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Cancer Society Otago Southland CEO, Rachael Hart


A special thanks to everybody who helped make the night such a success including guests, businesses, volunteers, the ball committee and sponsors, with their support ensuring such a positive outcome.

If you were unable to make the ball but would like to support the Cancer Society you can do so HERE.


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Photography by Chris Sullivan/ Seen in Dunedin

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