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 stunning diamond from Stefan Diamonds at our Champagne Diamond Bar (with champagne generously donated by Image Extra) or a luxury men’s sports watch at our Sports Bar presented by Stefan Diamonds and Running with Thieves.
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.
The BrainChild Ball 2021 – proudly presented by Spadaccini Homes
Save the date!! Friday 17th September 2021
The Pirate Ship Foundation proudly presents the BrainChild Ball – London Calling, on Friday 17th September 2021 in the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth.
In its 5 years to date, the BrainChild Ball has raised over $1.5 million towards the vision of The Pirate Ship Foundation – happy healthy children free of brain cancer. Across the Foundation around 90% of funds raised are directed to research, ensuring the maximum impact.
In the world of childhood cancer research, nothing is more critical than international collaboration. The Brain Tumour Research Team at Western Australia’s Telethon Kids Institute is just a part of the puzzle. Around the globe, each team of researchers has their own skill set, connecting with international research and generously sharing their time, skills and knowledge.
Our 2021 BrainChild Ball celebrates one of the strongest relationships we have in research. It’s only when we work together that our end goal can be reached.
Congratulating our Vespa winner Lisa Hackett, lucky holder of ticket number 10
In what was an evening full of colour, vibrancy, delicious food and incredible entertainment – the 2020 BrainChild Ball raised a record-breaking total of $488,000!
With these funds, we are proud to be able to announce Dr Raelene Endersby as holder of the BrainChild Fellowship for another year in 2021.
We are extremely grateful to Rebecca for so bravely sharing her son Shaun’s story – highlighting the need for research into better treatment options for children with brain cancer.
With the funds raised in our live appeal for Shaun’s fund, the Brain Tumour Research Program will be able to continue researching ways to reduce the amount of radiation – a particularly damaging aspect of current treatments, by combining it with new drugs. They hope this work will lead to new brain cancer treatment protocols that don’t rely on high doses of radiation for a cure.
There are of course many people to thank for being part of this result – as sponsors, members of the Ball Committee, volunteers, Butterflies and guests. And a very special shout out to those who have supported the Ball for each of its 5 years!
Lastly thank you Rebecca Mansell and Base Imagery for helping us capture the evening so beautifully!
The photos have all be uploaded here and we hope you enjoy!
- Tim McMillan – MC
- Jason Ayres
- Jessica Silva Samba
- Enchanted Stilt Walkers
- Jesse the Wind Wandered (AKA Captain Roger Boots)
- Banda Ziriguidu
- Lucy Mullins & Harley Spencer
- Leighton Beanland
- Tiny Holly – Auctioneer
CARNAVAL VIP PACKAGE CONTRIBUTORS
- Lead Sled Limousines
- Crown Perth
- Corsaire Aviation
- Matthew Landers Florist
- The Grazing Theory
- Anthea K Photography
- Narissa Make Up Artistry, Alexandra Maribel, AP Hair Artistry, Shenae Wilson Hair, Gail Wilton, VK Makeup Artistry
CARNAVAL KALEIDOSCOPE OF BUTTERFLIES
- Karl Simich
- Alisa Simich
- Jill Pelliccione
- Alf Pelliccione
- Moira Clay
- Paul Harris
- Steve Coughlan
- Judith Coughlan
- Hawke Geophysics
- Matthew Fitzgerald
- Victoria Fitzgerald
- Jade and Nicole Felsch
- Kristy Shaw
- Linda Heaton
- David Heaton
- Linda & Reg Rowley
- Renae Mouritz
Past BrainChild Balls
2020 BrainChild Ball – Carnaval | Friday 18th September
The Pirate Ship Foundation proudly presents our fifth BrainChild Ball – Carnaval. Adventure with us as we travel to Brazil on Friday 18th September 2020, in the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth for our premier black tie event.
Brazil conjures up images of beaches, soccer, rainforest, barbeques, Rio de Janeiro and of course its famous Carnaval. Think of Brazil and you can’t help but think of all that is colourful, vibrant, fun and beautiful. And underpinning all the images of Brazil is passion. They do nothing by halves, and neither will we.
Research into finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for childhood brain cancer takes commitment, drive and passion. It also requires us to come together, to show that we too have the passion to stop at nothing to achieve our vision of happy healthy children free of brain cancer.
The Foundation is proud to announce that over 90% of funds raised across all its activities in 2019 has gone directly to the cause. We aim to achieve a very similar result in 2020.
In its four years the Ball has raised over $1,000,000. This has funded the BrainChild Fellowship, held by Dr Raelene Endersby, Co-Head of the Brain Tumour Research Program (BTRP) at the Telethon Kids Institute. Funds raised over and above those required for the BrainChild Fellowship are contributed towards the BTRP teams conducting childhood brain cancer research programs. This has included research into some of the most lethal brain tumours in children and ground breaking research into immunotherapy.
2019 – La Dolce Vita
Proudly Presented by True North Adventure Cruises
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 https://youtu.be/zxhOryiLYW8.
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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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.