This year is a particularly important year for Camp Quality, as they have just launched in to their brave and exciting 5 year strategic plan, which will ensure that they support all children affected by cancer in Australia by 2017.
Now in its 11th year, it is hoped the Cherry Ball will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars as the Adelaide Produce Markets auction off a number of items, which will include an array of fresh produce donated by members of the Produce Markets and the season’s first box of cherries, donated by the Adelaide Produce Markets.
“The Cherry Ball is a wonderful event every year and the generosity of the Adelaide Produce Markets is always outstanding,” Camp Quality SA & NT Area Manager, Heather Berry, says.
“The funds raised are pivotal in allowing us to continue running week long camps and activity days for children living with cancer and their families, giving them some much needed fun therapy.”
The winning bidder of the inaugural cherries will be named the Cherry King or Queen and will join this year’s Cherry Ball Prince and Princess, Camp Quality campers Jackson Wood and Gabby Lord (9 and 7 years old respectively), to give out the cherries to children being treated for cancer at the Women’s and Children’s hospital.
This year, to support celebrations on the night, Australian artist Gilbert Dashorst is working with Adelaide University students to develop an art installation building awareness of the good work done by Camp Quality in the event build up and also raising money for the cause.
Combining cherries and the Camp Quality children, the stunning visual display will see Gilbert Dashorst and the community paint a variety of donated musical instruments in a stunning cherry theme. This will take place in the week lead up to the event on North Terrace, outside of the Adelaide Convention Centre, offering passers-by a chance to donate or get involved in the charity.
These beautifully decorated instruments will then form the Cherry Orchestra and play to start the Cherry Ball before being auctioned off at the end of the night.
The Cherry Ball will include entertainment by local band Triple Score and illusionist Phil Cass.
The 2012 Camp Quality Cherry Ball will take place on Saturday November 17 at The Adelaide Convention Centre. The Cherry King or Queen and Prince and Princess will hand out the cherries in Brookman Ward, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, on Monday November 19.