Thala Sick What!?!?! – Kiwanis Moorabbin attends 40th Anniversary Gala
November 18, 2016
“What – indeed” What a night we had at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Thalassaemia Sickle Cell Society of Australia.
I lost count at 25 tables of ten people, adults & children, so there were at least 250 in attendance.
Not only was this a celebration of 40 years of service to those who suffer from these two debilitating conditions but it was a fundraiser too – as I was about to discover to my delight.
The beautifully decked out former Ivanhoe Town Hall is a large art deco building which has been lovingly restored to it’s former glory. The entertainment began with an amazing African dance group accompanied by vigorous drumming and colourful costumes. So we were away to a lively start.
An excellent three (3) course menu with matched beverages was followed by what could only be described as an energetic and very talented group of young Greek dancers. You really had to see them to fully appreciate their dancing prowess.
Raffles, silent and not so silent auctions ensued whereupon I found myself with an authenticated framed, signed by the winner, memento of the 2015 US Masters Golf Championship, a huge platter of fresh seafood, a voucher for a hair do and (possibly the best of all) two tickets to the Tallis Scholars concert the following night. They were fabulous!!
Our contact at the society is Vasilios Manavas who not only arranged our tickets and recognition on the night but will be our guest speaker at our November 21st club meeting.
The association between the Kiwanis Club of Moorabbin Inc. and the Thalassaemia & Sickle Cell Society goes back a number of years. We have enjoyed the company of several officials in the past and are delighted to continue our association through Vasilios.
Sufferers of Thalassaemia and/or Sickle Cell disorders have a blood condition which requires regular and significant medical intervention to maintain health or at worse life itself. Though not exclusive to these locales most often people originating from countries around the Mediterranean inherit these conditions, hence the Greek/African influence.
I am so glad we attended this function and would recommend it to all in the future.
Geoff Hergt – Kiwanis Club of Moorabbin