Leading off-site construction group, McAvoy, will turn its attention from delivering forward-thinking buildings to building up funds for Marie Curie this month when it will sponsor The Time Ball at the Europa Hotel on November 14.
The biannual event, which is the brainchild of Kathy Loughbridge, who experienced the care and support that Marie Curie offers to those suffering from cancer when her two siblings and mother passed away within a short time of each other, hopes to top £100,000 at the gala event.
The target total will represent not only funds raised at The Time Ball but those gathered throughout the year from Malone Marie Curie Fundraising Group – The Time Ball’s charity.
Speaking about the McAvoy Group’s sponsorhip, The Time Ball organiser, Mark Hanna said: “There are around 250 Marie Curie nurses in Northern Ireland and one hospice and they all rely on fundraising to keep the operation going so the kind hospitality of McAvoy will help assist us in reaching our goal of £100,000 this year.
“It will also help us to ensure that the event itself is consistent with the previous years in terms of quality and entertainment; from the minute our guests arrive until they go home which in turn helps us raise more funds on the evening.”
The Time Ball will promote ‘Pay for a Daycare Service’ on the night of the event, an initiative that not only raises funds for Marie Curie but highlights the cost of running the charity’s hospice in Belfast.
“It costs £6,090 per day and that cost includes everything from turning a light on to the nursing staff,” Mark continued. “For us to be able expose the expense of such an invaluable service will help people understand exactly how much Marie Curie needs to continue doing such a wonderful job here.”
Speaking about sponsoring The Time Ball Conor McAvoy, Hire Director at The McAvoy Group, said: “It’s an honour for us to be part of this event. We may work across a broad geographical area but as a Northern Ireland based business, McAvoy does not hold back when supporting local causes. The Time Ball is instrumental in raising essential funds for Marie Curie in Northern Ireland. The funds raised here, stay here and we understand how essential it is to keep this service going. The Time Ball is always a memorable event and we are proud to be part of it. We wish the team continued success and praise them for their fundraising efforts to date.”