The Disability Trust Gala Night has raised $115,000 for local programs to support children with disabilities.
All of the proceeds from the night will help two trust programs – the Kids Fund, which buys aids for Illawarra children with disabilities, and Sport and Recreation, which provides creative and recreational opportunities for children and young adults.
The inaugural gala night, held at Wests Illawarra, Unanderra, on May 24, featured Woonona’s Nyree Saxby, who spoke about the Kids Fund and how it had purchased a bath seat, pushchair and wheelchair worth $15,000 for her six-year-old daughter Chloe, who suffers degenerative neurological disease, called vanishing white matter.
Mrs Saxby told the audience the equipment had helped Chloe remain part of the community.
The Music Makers, led by Melissa Tierney, and The Enormous Horns performed at the gala night.
Guests included Minister for the Illawarra and Disability Services John Ajaka, Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba and Throsby MP Stephen Jones.
Wests Illawarra donated $50,000 to the trust on the night.