The March Storytellers was something rather unusual. We went to the Cremorne Orpheum Picture Palace!! This was new territory (literally) and we had a full-house of 120 people, a record for the Storytellers!
Activities such as the Storytellers are wonderful opportunities to naturally to listen to some of the great things that our BBC members have been doing and supporting the Children’s Cancer Institute is one such event and with the annual Swim for Cancer coming up in nearly a week’s time – Sunday 7th April, this evening’s ‘storytelling’ was even more appropriate.
This annual swim is the most striking example of ongoing community involvement by the Club. The event was started by members of the Mosman community, but the BBC stepped in when it’s future was in doubt. Peter Ellis came forward as the driving force, and in fact in 2012 was recognised for this as BBC Club Member of the Year.
Since 2006 the club has supported the annual Balmoral Swim for Cancer. The event has continued to grow both in popularity and close on $1.2 million dollars has been raised through swim entries and donations for the Children’s Cancer Institute for their research into new treatments for kids with cancer. This is a phenomenal result and is making a significant difference to moving us closer to curing every child. Fundraising & managing volunteers within the BBC has been due to some well-known club identities many of whom were present.
At the Storytellers last October Anne Johnston, Chief Marketing & Fundraising Officer for the Children’s Cancer Institute explained the advances being made through Zero Childhood Cancer, and the transformation this is already making for children with aggressive cancer around Australia.
Researcher Roie O’Brien from the Scientific Services team then explained how the ‘engine’ for the research labs comes together to ensure world class research delivers results for kids today and into the future Their presentation was excellent, and we learnt so much about how the BBC’s efforts are supporting this life-saving research at Children’s Cancer Institute and how we are helping to cure every child. It’s not if, it’s when.
Why the Picture Palace, you may ask?
With this year’s swim coming up in a few weeks, the timing was appropriate to further promote the swim and to see the premiere of a special documentary film “Delivering Hope” on the big screen.
We anticipated a big audience and that is exactly what we had with a full-house. The film was directed and produced by Kieran Kelly, a BBC member who in recent years has completely thrown himself into the ‘lights, camera, action’ industry, a far cry from his previous life as a stockbroker and investment manager. Kieran, together with a group of young film makers, spent the last year shooting and editing “Delivering Hope” which deals with the traumatic impact of childhood cancer on families and some initiatives being made to fund research into the disease.
Prior to the film, a trusty band of volunteers generously brought along plates of nibbles and canapes. With a drink in hand there was lots of chatter and great anticipation about the film and when the curtain was raised, we weren’t disappointed. The film was perfect, a mixture of pre-swim race preparations, beautiful Balmoral sunrise and scenery, poignant interview with the film’s star Nikki Quinn, and evidence of what the race and all the fund-raising does achieve.
The feedback of the documentary was all positive and most people thought that the film should certainly reach a wider-audience. It would be ideal to be shown at school’s and for future promotions of the annual Swim for Cancer and the Children’s Cancer Institute.
A big thanks must go to Kieran for arranging such a wonderful evening. It required plenty of organising, not an easy task when one is galivanting overseas at the same time!