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The BrainChild Ball

The BrainChild Ball

Each year The BrainChild Ball takes guests to an exotic location for a night of glamour, discovery, taste and adventure all in the name of fundraising and awareness.

The BrainChild Ball was founded by Victoria Fitzgerald following the diagnosis and treatment of her daughter Abigail (our 2016 BrainChild).

And every year we share the story of a child who has experienced brain cancer – our BrainChild. Their journeys highlight the struggle of life with childhood brain cancer and highlight the devastating effects this disease has on both the child and their family.

Every year, guests enjoy a three course dinner, fantastic entertainment, the chance to bid on some incredible live auction and silent auction items.  They also have an opportunity to win a Forevermark Diamond from Mazzucchelli’s at our Champagne Diamond Bar; or a luxury men’s sports watch at our Sports Bar presented by Mazzucchelli’s and Gage Roads.

The primary purpose of The BrainChild Ball is to raise funds for the BrainChild Fellowship, a position currently held by Dr Raelene Endersby, co-head of the Brain Tumour Research Program at the Telethon Kids Institute.

2019 BrainChild Ball – La Dolce Vita
Proudly Presented by True North Adventure Cruises

27th July 2019

The Pirate Ship Foundation’s 4th annual BrainChild Ball – La Dolce Vita – presented by True North Adventure Cruises, can only be described as magnifico! 

A massive $402,000 was raised to fund vital childhood brain cancer research, including at Telethon Kids Institute. That means that in just 4 years The BrainChild Ball has contributed over $1 million to advance discovery in childhood brain cancer research!!!

An evening like this doesn’t happen by itself and we are very grateful to our guests, sponsors, BrainChild Butterflies, supporters, volunteers, incredible entertainers and the BrainChild Ball committee.

An extra thanks must also go to our special guest Princess Bonnie and her mum Pipa for showing incredible courage in sharing their story

While the Ball represents another big step towards happy healthy children free of brain cancer, there are many more to take.

A massive thank you once again and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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The Pirate Ship Foundation would like to thank:

Our Sponsors

Our BrainChild Butterflies

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Moira Clay hhhh

Paul Harris hhhh

Matthew Fitzgerald hhhh

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Those who gave generously

Sahara Pittway

Soprano’s Ristorante

Juniper & Bay

Rambla on Swan

Diniz Cardoso

Sleeping with the Enemy

Mr. Smith

Amazing Oils

Jenelle Russo

The Toga Boys

Gourmet Safaris

Homecraft Textiles

Gabe & Trish Szota


Perugino’s Restaurant

Vincenzo Velletri

The Boatshed Restaurant

Base Imagery

Scott Slawinski

Millbrook Winery

O’Leary Wines

Concept M Store Cottesloe

Assure Cosmetic Centre

Olio Bello

Down Under Motorcycle Tours

Venues West

Secret Harbour Golf Links


Il Paiolo Catering

Millbrook Wines

Lead Sled Limousines

Pavement Garden City

Cove Bookkeeping


Risky Business

Il Gelato

George’s Bike Shop

John Fitzgerald

Richard Fitzgerald

Gifts with Soul

Artistic Visions

Our Volunteers

Leonie Mansbridge

Geraldine Taseff

Tracy Tassone

Michelle Tonkin

Corinne Gull

Mary Hall

Michele Goncalves

Marlisa Boccardo

Lynette Walker

Sandra Galati

Sheryl Barsalou

Teresa Chapman

Rhian Moss

Michael Dent


Kayleigh Hawke

Justine Schek

Anne Marie Wyatt

Duncan Wyatt

The Ball Committee

Vicki Leverett

Narelle Antonio

Sheryl Barsalou

Sascha Sanderson-Brown

Hayley Hinchliffe

Bianca Zito

Jenelle Russo

Victoria Fitzgerald

Past BrainChild Balls

2018 – Australis

Our Australis BrainChild Ball was as the name suggests a celebration of all things Australian. Over 450 guests honoured the memory of Sindi, who was diagnosed with brain cancer at two years of age and passed away at four years. 

Sindi’s Fund was established on this night raising a massive $111,000 to kick start research into this program. 

Guests enjoyed a themed menu and true blue Aussie performances by the Australian Girls School Choir and local band Violette River helped us dance the night away. The 2019 BrainChild Ball raised a total of $292,000.

2017 – Issho Ni

The Japanese phrase for “together” encapsulated the spirit of the 2017 BrainChild Ball as guests came together to raise an incredible $210,000.

2016 – La Gourmet Soiree

Our Inaugural event, La Gourmet Soiree, celebrated the best of all things France, in particular the menu designed by Chef Guillaume Brahimi. Raising over $120,000 it certainly was a night to remember.