31 October 2019 

More than 260 people dressed to the nines celebrated this year’s Manningham Mayoral Ball with Cr Paula Piccinini to raise funds for community organisation Doncare’s Resilient Kids – Positive Futures. 

The fundraising dinner event on Friday 25 October raised more than $35,000 for the Doncare initiative through live auctions, silent auctions and more. 

The funds raised will support the new Resilient Kids – Positive Futures initiative, which provides a holistic response and support services to children aged 6 to 17 in Manningham.

The Ball also celebrated 50 years of Doncare in the Manningham community. Doncare is a community care and counselling service providing support to enhance the quality of life of local residents.  
Manningham Mayor, Cr Paula Piccinini said Doncare was an incredible organisation that does fantastic work in our community. 

“Doncare opened its doors in 1969 and 50 years on it continues to play a very important role in Manningham, providing counselling for families and children in crisis, prevention, support and recovery following domestic violence, specialist intake and risk assessment, integrated family services, case management, emergency relief, social support for seniors and financial and material aid,” she said. 

“We are so pleased to have raised funds for this important cause and be part of Doncare’s new Resilient Kids – Positive Futures initiative.”

Doncare CEO Doreen Stoves AM PSM JP said Doncare was grateful Cr Piccinini nominated Doncare to partner with and fundraise for at this year’s Mayoral Ball. 

“The night was a tremendous success celebrating our past 50 years and looking forward to our future,” she said. 

“Resilience is the number one factor leading to success in a child’s life,” Doreen said. 

For more information, visit doncare.org.au/resilient-kids-positive-futures