460  guests dressed to the nines to mark the Chinese New Year’s Year of the Pig, enjoyed an evening of high-spirited entertainment and excellent Asian cuisine at an exciting Chinese New Year Gala Ball hosted by Auckland Harbourside Rotary.
Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside are proud to host an exciting Chinese New Year Gala Ball at the SkyCity Convention Centre on Saturday, 23 February to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Year of the Pig) and to help fund raise for Cure Kids.
Rotary Harbourside selected Cure Kids to be the key recipient charity for funds raised on the night and as a result, Professor Lynette Sadleir’s genetic Paediatric epilepsy research will benefit from this outstanding donation. Cure Kids has funded much of Professor Sadleir’s research over the past ten years and this funding will ensure her clinical genetic work can continue to improve treatment strategies for children with epilepsy in New Zealand.
Approximately 460  guests dressed to the nines to mark the Chinese New Year’s Year of the Pig, enjoyed an evening of high-spirited entertainment and excellent Asian cuisine, followed by speeches from a lineup of dignitaries including Mayor Phil Goff, past Rotarian District Governors Ingrid and John Waugh, a representative of the Consulate-General of China as well as Air New Zealand’s Chief Executive Christopher Luxon, District 9920 Past District Governors ,Auckland Council and Local Board Members, Community Leaders, Business Icons and Rotarians. Professor Sadleir then spoke to the audience about the importance of her epilepsy research work and its significant impact on the future health of New Zealand children with this life-impacting condition. 
Cure Kids’ CEO Frances Benge says “We are sincerely grateful to Rotary Harbourside for their continued dedication to improving our community’s health and well-being, and we are thrilled that the Club shares our vision of a healthy childhood for everyone. Cure Kids was established by Rotary in 1971 and it is truly meaningful to have this continued support nearly 50 years on. This event really showcased the deep connections that this Rotary Club has across Auckland’s dynamic and diverse community. We give our special thanks to the committed Chinese New Year Gala Ball committee whose hard work ensured the success of the night.”
Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological illness of children and young people with over 400 children newly diagnosed each year. There are an estimated 7,300 New Zealand children under the age of 15 years with epilepsy; one in four children with severe epilepsy will die before they become adults. Professor Sadleir is based at the University of Otago, Wellington and the primary goal of her current research, funded through Cure Kids, is to improve the treatment of children with epilepsy through faster diagnosis, and a better genetic understanding of what causes the condition. Funding from Rotary Harbourside will enable the continuation of this world-class project.
To find out how you can help support Professor Sadlier’s work and the wonderful work that Cure Kids is doing visit Cure Kids.org.nz
Posted 14/3/2019