Thousands raised for cancer

Cassandra Van Zeyl at the party. Picture: SUPPLIED

By Danielle Kutchel

A pink-themed fundraiser was a “perfect” day, according to its organiser.

Brentwood Park Primary School teacher Cassie Van Zeyl organised the ‘A Touch of Pink Cocktail Party’, which was held on Saturday 17 April, to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The event also doubled as an opportunity for its 100 attendees to let their hair down after a year of lockdowns and cancelled celebrations.

“The feedback from everybody was that they had a sense of community,” Ms Van Zeyl said.

“I had an image in my brain of what it would be like, but I feel like it was so much better.”

The event raised over $4000 for the charity.

Financial institution Oak Capital made a significant contribution on top of this amount, in a move that Ms Van Zeyl described as “overwhelming”.

The party was hosted by La Porchetta Rowville and featured magician Johnny Balance, and Ms Van Zeyl said she was pleased that the event could assist the entertainment and hospitality industries after a difficult year.

She said she would happily hold a similar event again.

“It made me so happy and the smiles, the laughs and seeing everyone come together after the pandemic warmed my heart,” Ms Van Zeyl said.