Beach house fundraiser in Port Elliot | PHOTOS

A collection of 70 philanthropic locals and visitors attended a Mother’s Day Charity Luncheon at the Thunderbird in Port Elliot on Friday, May 11 to support the much anticipated The Beach House project at Encounter Lakes, Victor Harbor.

The Beach House is a vision of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation to provide a holiday home on the Fleurieu that would be a special place for children, and their families, battling serious illness.

It would be a safe space for kids who not only require palliative care, but also those suffering other life limiting or long term chronic illness, and their families to relax and create happy memories together.

At the fundraiser, guests were greeted on arrival by talented local saxophonist Kym Mitchell, a welcoming drink a special Mother’s Day cupcake.

Almost $12,000 was raised for the cause and 35 very generous donations were made by business traders from Port Elliot, Victor Harbor and Goolwa.

Jane Scotcher, chief executive of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation and Cheryl Minnis of Founding Families spoke at the event, which was MC’d by Lauren DeCesare and Hayley Pearson from Adelady.

Organiser Clara Venuti said she was thrilled with the outcome and the generosity of local business who donated the prizes sold at auction.

“We didn’t expect to hit that figure (12,000), and with the $7000 from last year’s fundraiser we’re getting closer to achieving the project,” she said.

“Every little bit counts and these fundraisers help spread awareness for what we’re trying to do.”

Ms Venuti was inspired to get involved in the project after seeing her best friend support her daughter through leukemia as a child.

“It was really hard for them but Tara is 18 now and is such a beautiful young woman and an ambassador for children with cancer,” she said.

“It’s great to help our community as much as you can because you never know when you’ll need it yourself.”