The 16th Annual Rugby Long Lunch made a staggering $400,000! The highest amount raised to date.
This astonishing amount has blown us away, but so has the incredible generosity of our guests, sponsors and supporters.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those involved, especially our Principal Sponsor Richard Crookes Constructions for being an incredible sponsor for 16 consecutive years.
Thank you also to our Major Sponsor Qube, Key sponsors Napier & Blakeley, Leda and Howard Smith Wharves, as well as our generous Prize Sponsors Manildra Group, Low & James Travel Associates and Audi Mosman Centre. Click here for a full list of our auction prize donors and supporters.
The feedback from the day has been amazing, with some calling it ‘our best one yet’ and we agree that the talent and speakers will be hard to top. Darren Carr the ventriloquist had everyone in hysterics, Duncan Sheib made sure our guests dug that little bit deeper with every pledge and live auction bid helping us to reach our goal, the rugby panel Gordon Bray, Richard Harry and Nathan Grey helped us to reminisce some of the Wallabies great triumphs, Anthony Johnstone recounted beautifully his wife Rebekah’s breast cancer journey, and how it affected them all as a family and reminded us all why we were there, and Vince Sorrenti did a great job to keep everyone in check.
And of course, we cannot thank our wonderful supporters, volunteers, and guests enough - without YOU, there is no US so thank you.
This huge amount will go towards the funding of Sydney Breast Cancer Foundations Breast Fellowships at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. The Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation Fellows are educated on high volume reconstruction and complex lumpectomy procedures, which offer a chance of good aesthetic outcomes after an already harrowing diagnosis and traumatic treatment of breast cancer.
In 2019, it is estimated that 19,371 women and 164 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer will account for approximately 29% of all new cancers in 2019, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women.
With your help we are beating breast cancer together!