Junior jockeys Flynn Hubbard, Dylan Brown, Zaelia Dunsdon and Aimee Morris join the fun of the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation Gala event.
Junior jockeys Flynn Hubbard, Dylan Brown, Zaelia Dunsdon and Aimee Morris join the fun of the Sunshine Coast Health Foundation Gala event. Contributed

Gala event helps diabetes research

Spring is here and carnival fever is sweeping the Sunshine Coast with one of the most anticipated events this season.

The Sunshine Coast Health Foundation Spring Carnival Gala, proudly sponsored by Coastline BMW, was a sure favourite with more than 540 guests attending the event in support of juvenile diabetes at Hyatt Regency Coolum last Friday.

The event, hosted by Sunrise's Mark Beretta, brought together business professionals and personalities from across the Coast for an afternoon of fun and festivities featuring the latest in spring racing fashions by Myer as well as an auction spectacular, like no other, in support of this worthy cause.

The event attracted the kind support and generosity of some of Australia's leading artists including Kendall Perkins, Mel Brigg, Jan Williamson, Blair McNamara, Raelean Hall and Nick Young, who all donated a piece of their artwork, auctioned to help raise much-needed funds for Coast children suffering from juvenile diabetes.

Australia currently has one of the highest rates of type-one diabetes.

About one in 700 Australian children suffers from juvenile diabetes, making it one of the most common serious diseases among children and an issue that Sunshine Coast Health Foundation manager Lisa Rowe believes needs more recognition.

Sunshine Coast Health Foundation has committed $1 million towards supporting a number of health care initiatives this year and is overwhelmed by the generous support that they continue to receive from the Sunshine Coast community.

“We hope that this event will help not only those suffering from juvenile diabetes but also generate awareness about this disease in the wider community,” Ms Rowe said.


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