February 15, 2017

Funny woman Amanda Keller will host the Autumn Spinal Ball which aims to raise $35,000 towards equipment and rehabilitation for patients in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital.

This will be the first time a fundraiser ball of this kind has been held by the unit in 12 years.

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"Most of us will never need to know what goes on inside a spinal injury unit," Ms Keller said.

"But if you or someone you love were in that unit you would want to know you have access to the best treatment available. And that’s something we can all help with."

The Spinal Cord Injury Unit cares for people from all over New South Wales and the nature of their injuries means they are admitted for up to two months. Many are far away from family, friends and support networks.

"Our unit endeavours to provide not only expert health care, both physically and emotionally, but we also offer the bricks required to rebuild their lives," said Shonell Youngberry, Nursing Unit Manager and event organiser.

"Having Amanda on board for the ball will not only ensure the fundraising event is fun and entertaining, but will also help us provide patients with extra equipment and support to help them recover faster and maintain their independence."

All proceeds raised on the night will go directly toward purchasing more equipment as well as assistive technology for patients in the unit.

The ball will be held on 10 March at Dockside Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, and includes a three course dinner and drinks.

Guests will have the chance to participate in a silent auction with items donated by generous businesses and organisations such as Prouds, the NRL and Tyrells winery.

Tickets are available at www.trybooking.com