Launceston Make A Wish Winter Ball returns

EXCITED: Launceston Make A Wish branch volunteer Ashley Thomas and Winter Ball organiser Taihlaura Denman-Francis at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Picture: Paul Scambler
EXCITED: Launceston Make A Wish branch volunteer Ashley Thomas and Winter Ball organiser Taihlaura Denman-Francis at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Picture: Paul Scambler

Granting the wishes of sick children across Tasmania has been the focus of Launceston’s Make A Wish foundation branch for more than 30 years. 

On May 19, the organisation’s annual Winter Ball fundraiser will return to the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Featuring a silent auction and live music, event organiser Taihlaura Denman-Francis said the ball was the perfect excuse for people to get dressed up and show their support for an important cause. 

“It is a great night and always a lot of fun,” she said. 

“It is certainly one of our biggest events and everything goes towards helping sick children across Tasmania.

“We currently have two local wishes that we are working on and whatever we can do to raise awareness and get the word out there is obviously a positive step towards making those wishes a reality.”

The Winter Ball returned to Launceston in 2017 following a one year hiatus. 

Ms Denman-Francis said the event had since found a new lease on life and hoped the community would continue to show its support. 

“I think there is definitely a new energy to it, which is really exciting,” she said. 

“There have been a lot of young volunteers coming on board in recent months and that’s definitely generated some fresh ideas.”

Early bird tickets purchased before April 21 are available for $165, or $185 from April 22 and can be booked at stickytickets.com.au