Quota International of Auckland and Takapuna, New Zealand
Quota Cares Month 2003 Top Winner
Winning Project: A Fund-raising Luncheon for the Angela D’Audney Charitable Trust
The Angela D’Audney Charitable Trust was set up in memory of New Zealand television personality Angela D’Audney who died of a brain tumor. It was her wish that a charitable trust be set up to raise money for a NZ$6 million non-invasive laser machine that treats brain tumors, spinal tumors, prostate cancer and is having very good results treating patients with Parkinson’s disease. This machine would be the first in Australasia.
Our goals were to:
- Raise funds toward the purchase of this non-invasive laser machine.
- Obtain maximum exposure for the Angela D’Audney Charitable Trust.
- Obtain maximum exposure for QI of Auckland and QI of Takapuna with a view to attracting new members and lifting the profile of our respective clubs within the community.
- Obtain maximum exposure for Quota International as we had the privilege of being able to incorporate a visit from our International President, South Pacific Area Director, and South Pacific Area Liaison.
- Complete a Quota Cares Month project.
- Raise the awareness of “Look Good—Feel Better” (a charitable program that works with the cosmetic companies in New Zealand to assist cancer patients to cope with hair loss, skin irritations, etc.)
- Raise the awareness of cancer.
Fund-raising luncheon speakers included:
- Karen Olsen, who addressed us on her current position as a meteorologist for TVNZ and her involvement with Angela D’Audney, a friend and colleague.
- Our International President Beatriz Doran-Scoop, who addressed us on things “Quota.”
- Anthony Falkov, Angela’s oncologist, who addressed on his work and the need for the machine.
- A presentation from “Look Good—Feel Better,” the charitable organization that assists cancer patients. It was explained that trained beauty therapists assist cancer patients referred by hospitals. Their services are free to patients, and products are donated by pharmaceutical companies.
ELATED RECRUITMENT ACTIVITIES
Each guest at our luncheon was given a bag containing a QI brochure (which includes the benefits of membership), a donation receipt, a membership interest response form, and brochures from the sponsors. Each guest was also given a yellow rose (meaning “friendship”). They were asked to pass the rose on to someone else and to mention that they had received it from Quota and mention the fund-raiser. On the other hand, should the guest wish to retain the yellow rose, then we extended it to them in Quota friendship.
Because Angela D’Audney was a TV presenter and personality, our clubs worked in conjunction with the Trustees of her Trust (fund-raising luncheon guest speakers Karen Olsen and Dr. Anthony Falkov). We were able to use their contacts to advertise our luncheon. News releases were sent to our local newspapers and radio stations. We were also able to work with the Cancer Society to advertise our luncheon. Currently we are following up our luncheon with a press release and photographs.
BENEFITS TO CLUB/COMMUNITY
The benefits are:
- To our clubs: Raising our club profiles in the community and making good contacts for future fund-raising projects.
- To our members: Members worked together and also had experience in a major fund-raising event. All members worked hard to sell tickets and club morale was increased.
- To our community: Raised the profile of other organizations—the Angela D’Audney Charitable Trust (enabling them to continue to fund-raise in the community for the purchase of the machine) and the “Look Good—Feel Better” program. We have raised funds for a machine that will treat cancer patients. As cancer can affect or touch every member of the community, this machine will benefit all ethnic, gender, and age groups within New Zealand. The machine will be able to treat all medically suitable cancer patients with ‘non-invasive’ laser treatment, negating the need for invasive surgery in the treatment of cancer. While it may not always prolong life, it certainly allows for a better quality of life for the cancer patients.
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