Mayor's Charity Ball

The 2023 Mayor’s Annual Charity Ball raised more than $105,000 for our two charities, making it the largest amount ever raised since the first WRC Mayor’s Ball was held in 2015!

This year’s funds have been split equally between RACQ CQ Rescue and Whitsunday Housing Company Limited, with each receiving $52,914.29.

The funds were announced and officially presented to the beneficiaries at a special presentation and morning tea held in Proserpine on Thursday 24 August.

Mayor Julie Hall said she’s elated to have raised such a huge amount and the generosity from sponsors and the community is nothing less than remarkable.

“The decision to support these charities was simple, because ultimately, Council, RACQ CQ Rescue and Whitsunday Housing Company Limited all want the same thing. That is, to serve the needs of our communities,” Mayor Hall said.

“As a Council, we are focused on doing the best by everyone living, working or visiting the Whitsundays which includes keeping everyone safe.

“I am extremely grateful for the support of our Platinum Sponsors; Hillery Group, PDM, Bishopp Outdoor Advertising and Top Shelf International, our many Gold and Silver Sponsors and a big thank you to those who donated prizes or supported this event in any way.”

RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Tim Healee said the community was indebted to Whitsunday Regional Council for their support from the 2023 Whitsunday Mayor’s Ball which helped ensure the service was available to anyone, anywhere, anytime across Central Queensland.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such vital support from such a high-profile partner which ensures we can have a world-class aeromedical helicopter service on our doorstep and available 24/7, 365 days a year to residents, workers and visitors across Central Queensland,” Mr Healee said.

“RACQ CQ Rescue is a vital part of emergency support for all workers and residents in this region and the Whitsunday region is one of our most frequented destinations. It’s reassuring to know Whitsunday Regional Council really appreciates the value of supporting our helicopter and that with their commitment we can continue to provide our vital, lifesaving service to anyone in a time of crisis,” he said.

“The reality is we do rely heavily on sponsorships and donations, so council’s help is vital to keeping the helicopter up in the air and ready to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice.”

Whitsunday Housing Company Limited CEO Joanne Moynihan said the generosity of everyone involved will help women in the community that have been impacted by all types of personal and financial challenges.

“Homelessness does not discriminate, and it can happen to literally anyone,” Ms Moynihan said.

“I am aware you have a lot of choices when it comes to donating, and I am so grateful that you chose to contribute to our cause. To all that attended the Mayor’s Charity Ball, it’s the people in the community like you that see the purpose of our cause and we appreciate you for doing that,” she said.

“On behalf of everyone involved with Whitsunday Housing Company & Tiny Homes Project and the communities we serve, thank you for your kind donation.

“This will ensure that we get to closer to our goal to complete the work on our first Tiny Homes project which is required to reach and help more lives in need.”

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There are fantastic benefits to sponsoring this event including your business being acknowledged during the Mayor’s Charity Ball promotional activities as well as on the evening of the Ball. Most importantly, your sponsorship will be contributing to these wonderful charities!

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