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Fun evening out raises funds for community
Marcia Porter
Students at last year's ball, which raised over $10,000 for charity.

Planned Parenthood: Newfoundland and Labrador's Sexual Health Centre is this year’s charity of choice for the 15th annual Nursing Charity Ball, set for Saturday, March 23.

Preparations for the annual event are already well underway. The event is hosted and planned by students from Memorial’s School of Nursing (SON) and the Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS), and held at the Holiday Inn and Suites in St. John’s

“The charity ball is a fantastic way to get both schools to come together, and we're very proud of that,” said Victoria Eveleigh, a third year SON student who is coordinating this year’s event with Hillary Chesher from the CNS. “The charity ball gets both schools working very closely together.”

The ball is not only a fun night out; it’s a great fundraiser that benefits local charities.

“It is very important to us that the cause we support be relevant to nursing practice, and that the charity makes a true contribution to our community and is something we will be proud to support,” said Victoria. “We had three candidates this year, and they all fit these criteria. It was a difficult decision, but we decided to go with Planned Parenthood, as sexual health is an extremely important aspect of holistic nursing care that is often overlooked.”

Organizers are busy selling tickets and rounding up donations for the silent auction, a regular feature of the charity call. Victoria and Hillary are gratefully accepting donations of everything from gift certificates, art work, donated services and tickets to special events.

If you’d like to buy tickets for this year’s charity ball, or make a donation for the silent auction, contact Victoria at 697-1551 or Hillary at 351-6916.

Last year, nursing students raised over $10,000 for the Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. It was the largest amount raised in the charity ball’s 15 year history.  

Mar 22nd, 2013

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