Following a hugely successful event in 2014, the YLC once again held an out of this world Halloween party, raising nearly $7000 for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research!
With singers and dancers, and amazing prizes to be won, the evening was full of entertainment.
This year we teamed up with St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research (SVI) who are at the cutting edge of research into Type 1 Diabetes cures, including beta islet transplantation.
Dr. Tom Brodnicki (https://www.svi.edu.au/research_themes/research_staff/dr_tom_brodnicki) from SVI came to our event and told us about some promising research. He also pointed out that, despite grants and funding received from the government and other agencies, there was always a funding gap, and it’s efforts like ours that allow them to ensure their important medical research is successful. We are very happy to be supporting such great work, and to know that all our funds will be going directly to T1D research.
As a special treat to our T1D guests, we prepared an entirely sugar-free cocktail, made especially for the night. Our sugar-free mojitos (cheekily named diabetos by the bar staff!) were sweetened using Natvia natural sweetener, and tasted delicious! If you want to have a go at making these babies yourself, you can find the recipe on our Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/p/9wicWyk0NK/?taken-by=ylcvictoria).
We had some very talented people perform at our event, including singers Amelia Bloom, Heather Bloom (not related!), and Caleb Jago-Ward. There was also an extremely talented face painter, who seriously upped the ante for costumes.
Thanks to some extremely generous donations, we had an amazing collection of prizes up for grabs on the night, including dining vouchers, movie passes, photography package, and even an iPhone 6! We want to give a HUGE thanks to those who contributed prizes to our events:
Caveira Photigraphy (caveiraphotography.com)
Celebrant Good Times (celebrantgoodtimes.com)
Arbory Bar and Eatery (arbory.com.au)
Mieux Derma Skin Care (mieuxderma.com.au)
North Yoga (northyoga.com)
Natural Wonders Australia (natural-wonders.com.au)
Melbourne Museum (museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum)
Most importantly, we want to thank our guests and donors, whose generosity allowed us to have such a fantastic fundraiser. We are very grateful to all the guests who came out to show their support for our cause, and help us not only raise funds, but also important awareness about Type 1 Diabetes. This conditions is chronic, lifelong, and so far incurable. We hope that those who came on the night learned a little bit more about it, and that with more fundraising for research we will one day make Type 1 Diabetes a thing of the past.