Mayoress donates 315k to community groups

NINE deserving community groups on the Gold Coast are set to share in $315,000.

The money was raised by the 2018 Gold Coast Mayoress Charity Foundation, with $180,000 raised at the annual Mayoress Charity Ball alone.

“I thank every Gold Coaster who has donated to this important charity foundation,’’ said Mayoress Tate.


“The funds are raised through auctions on the night as well as the generosity of so many Gold Coasters who attend the ball. This year, we had 750 attendees.”

The cash will be shared between nine community groups, including Rosies which will receive $35,000.

OzHarvest will get $50,000, as will YHES House and Havafeed, while $45,000 will go to the GC Project for Homeless Youth and $40,000 to the Oxenford-Coomera Community Youth Centre.

The Surfers Anglican Crisis Centre (SPACC) will receive $35,000, while Men of Business and the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence will each be given $17,500.

Mrs Tate said since the foundation was re-established in 2013, the charity had raised $1.3 million.

“I’m lucky to be the spokesperson for this foundation and it is a real honour.

“I want to thank the dozens of volunteers who work behind the scenes to seek sponsors, raise funds and manage event activities.’’

The 2019 ball will be held in May or June.