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The Coffee Club Telethon Ball 2015

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Famed as one the of the largest and most vibrant charity balls in Queensland, The Coffee Club Telethon Ball will be held on Saturday 17 October, 2015 at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank.

This year's event is expect to attract over 1200 guests and will see leading sports people, television celebrities and music stars come together to help raise funds for vital research into the most devastating childhood cancers.

The theme for the 2015 event, 'Journey to Japan', was inspired by the story of the ancient Japanese Peace Crane, and the legend that 1000 origami cranes will bring luck, good fortune and health. The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will be decorated with 17,000 suspended and folded paper cranes, which should inspire a very real sense of giving during the evening.

Hosted by Channel 9's Catriona Rowntree together with The Today Show's Karl Stefanovic, Lisa Wilkinson and Richard Wilkins, guests will be treated to a star-studded lineup of entertainment, with many performers sharing the evening with the Channel Nine Telethon which broadcasts live from the Ball.

BCEC Executive Chef, Martin Latter has also created a menu inspired by the famous flavour combinations of Japan.

"The event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund vital research into the most devastating childhood cancers. Thanks to research, kids are now surviving cancer more than ever before, however, little boys and girls still lose their fight, and this event makes sure less lose the fight," said The Coffee Club's John Lazarou.

Connor is one of these little fighters. When he was just three years old he developed a temperature and started having trouble walking. After several blood tests, x-rays and an ultrasound of his hips, doctors still weren't able to diagnose Connor. By the next afternoon Connor was unable to walk. Three days later Connor's parents were told the words that no parent should ever have to hear - Connor had numerous tumours in his abdominal area, pelvis, spine and right knee.

He was rushed to the children's hospital in Brisbane, for the official diagnosis by the oncologist of stage four neuroblastoma. The next day, Connor bravely began 15 months of treatment. Since then this brave little man has endured six months of intensive chemotherapy, major surgery, a bone marrow transplant, radiotherapy and six months of immunotherapy. All this, from a new place, far away from his home and friends.

Finally on May 18 this year, after more than a year of treatment, Connor 'rang the bell'. Ringing the bell signifies the last chemotherapy treatment for kids treated at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital.

"There's always more we can do for our sick kids and that's why we need your help," said John Lazarou. "Kids like Connor and so many more need us, and we need to step up and say to them We Are Here. Is there any better call to answer?"

Monies raised from the 2014 The Coffee Club Telethon Ball enabled the Children's Hospital Foundation to continue to fund research to achieve faster diagnoses, better treatments and ultimately cures for some of the most devastating childhood illnesses. This year organisers promise a more sparkling event, bigger stars and even more opportunity to support such a worthy cause.

Tickets are now on sale through and are priced $200 per person.

For more information on this upcoming event, please visit

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When: Saturday 17 October, 2015
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank
Cost: $200 per person
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