There will be a fantastic raffle which you will want to be a part of once you see what’s up for grabs! To cap off the night there will also be a live auction!
Remember this is all for a worthy cause that helps deliver over 10,000 Queensland babies (little miracles) every year and more than 2,000 of these tiny babies receive around the clock specialist care from the team in Mater’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit. In short, it gives premature and seriously ill babies their best possible start to life.
Can’t make it to the Casino Royale but still want to donate to the cause? Click here to donate.
Theme: Casino Royale
Dress: Anything from Cocktail to Black Tie – James Bond has many disguises.
Food: Cocktail Food throughout the night
Beverages: Provided throughout the night (leave the pocket flask at home!)
This year, dozzi plans to raise $50,000 for The Mater Foundation.
Mater Health Services is a not-for-profit provider of health services which operates a network of hospitals, health centres, a world-class medical research institute, a nationally accredited Registered Training Organisation and pathology and pharmacy businesses—all with one aim—to provide Exceptional Care.
Mater is dedicated to providing healthcare services through a sincere commitment to its core values of Mercy, Dignity, Care, Commitment and Quality.
Research, Care and Equipment. Funds directed to equipment will contribute towards a foetal heartbeat monitor as the Mater is needing new stock to assist in premature baby births and care.
The experience of labor and giving birth for my family has been and continues to be the scariest thing we have ever been through. For our eldest son, Luca, his story almost ended before it began. After being in labor for 18 hours (and awake for almost 32 straight by this time), my wife, Georgia, received the news we had been dreading. Luca’s heart rate was beginning to drop rapidly, infection was beginning to set in and if we didn’t take action soon, the outcome was looking grim. Despite Georgia’s heroic efforts (as a father and husband I can confirm ‘us Fathers have it easy’) we were whisked off for an emergency caesarean, and Luca’s heart rate was slowing by the second.
The Mater Hospital were there when we needed them unconditionally. They handled our case with care, with positivity and most valuably with success. Less than an hour after heading into theatre, I was sitting there with my wife by my side, Luca in my lap, my head in my hands and an uncontrollable case of the sobs… or more accurately a full blown waterfall show. This was one of the scariest and happiest days of my life. I will never forget it.
While our story has a happy ending, the truth is many don’t. We were one of the lucky ones, we were able to walk out of the hospital five days after the birth of our son with smiles on our faces and little Luca John Dozzi sitting in his baby seat. To think or even consider that this is not the experience everyone will have is almost unbearable. Had the Mater Hospital not been properly equipped, not carried out their market leading research, or not had the dedication of its world renowned team to help us during our greatest hour of need… our story would have had a different ending.
To support The Mater Foundation is to give the next family their greatest opportunity for success, in their greatest hour of need. To know in some way that we, together, can buy the necessary equipment or contribute to breakthrough research in neonatal care, or simply save a life and give a family in need their own happy story… well that is beyond fundraising or any charitable effort, it might just be the greatest thing we ever do.
My life on December 12, 2013 was always going to change… I’m just thankful it changed in the way it did.