Amie St Clair Ball in Wagga postponed for a third time
6 September 2021
The 10th anniversary Amie St Clair Ball, in memory of a young melanoma patient and the major annual fundraiser for melanoma services in the Riverina, has been postponed for the 3rd time due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Ball was originally scheduled for June 2020 before being cancelled during the COVID-19 first wave. The event was rescheduled for June 2021, but in a heartbreaking decision was cancelled just hours before guests were due to arrive when new regional restrictions were announced as part of measures to combat the latest NSW outbreak.
Not to be deterred, the organising committee, led by Amie’s mum Annette St Clair, set another date for the Ball – Saturday 18th September. However, due to uncertainty surrounding the end date to the current regional NSW lockdown, the difficult decision has been made the cancel the Ball yet again.
‘We really thought we would be third time lucky,’ said Annette St Clair, ‘but sadly there is just too much uncertainty about when the regional lockdown will end, even though at this point it is due to finish on September 10.
‘The health and safety of our attendees and the Riverina community always comes first, and so we’ve decided to once again postpone the Amie St Clair Ball. We’re now planning to hold the event on Saturday 25th June 2022, in the hope things will have returned to some degree of normality by then.’
Annette St Clair and her husband Peter founded the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust in 2010 in honour of their 23-year-old daughter Amie who passed away from melanoma. The organisation merged with Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) last year. Riverina melanoma patients have already benefited from the merger, with MIA recently opening its first clinical trial in Wagga Wagga.
Annette fears the repeated cancellation of the Amie St Clair Ball, which is the annual flagship fundraiser for the region, will impact the provision of much needed melanoma services in the Riverina.
‘Our decision to merge with Melanoma Institute Australia last year was driven by a desire to boost services available to local patients, including giving them access to the same world-class treatments available in Sydney,’ Annette said.
‘We are delighted that, a decade after we lost our much-loved daughter to this insidious disease, melanoma patients in the Riverina can now access ground-breaking new trial treatments right here in Wagga Wagga, but there is so much more that needs to be done.
‘Melanoma continues to be the most common cancer impacting young Australians, with one person diagnosed every 30 minutes, and it is essential additional services are available so our community can receive the best possible care, close to home.
‘To have to cancel our Ball three times now has left us with a shortfall of funding, and sadly the ones who stand to be impacted most are local melanoma patients and their families,’ Annette said.
Ticket holders for the 18th September Ball will automatically have their tickets honoured for the new Ball on 25th June 2022. Refunds are available on request.
Anyone wishing to donate in memory of Amie St Clair please donate via the link below:
All funds raised in the Riverina are invested back into melanoma services in the region.
Melanoma Institute Australia is affiliated with The University of Sydney
For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Durante |Melanoma Institute Australia | 0412 798 990 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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