Oaks Day luncheon held at Encounter Bay's eat@whalers to raise funds for the Beach House | PHOTOS

On Thursday, November 7, the annual fundraiser for the Beach House was held at eat@whalers and it was all part of the Spring Racing Carnival's Oaks Day.

There were Fashions on the Field, prizes, auction items and raffles for more than 110 people who were dressed in the racing spirit.

The fundraiser has been so successful because the community gets behind supporting this cause and guests can receive updates on the Laklinyeri Beach House and listen to stories of the families who have stayed.

In total there are 46 sponsors and many talented people who make this day come together.

In 2019 the community has raised $12,500 which will go towards the ongoing costs for the Beach House.

It is the third year the Oaks Day event has been organised and co-ordinators are motivated to continue the tradition, as they can see first hand the difference the Beach House has on families who need a respite and holiday from the day to day rigours.

"We enjoy doing this as the Beach House supports families who have a child with a life-threatening illness and complex medical needs and give them the opportunity to spend quality time together - because every family deserves good memories," a co-ordinator said.

The Women's and Children's Hospital Foundation Beach House opened in 2019. The Beach House at Encounter Bay is SA's first purpose-built holiday home for families with children with complex medical needs or in palliative care.