Having a ball ... in the air

The Aquis Gold Coast Titans annual charity ball, the social night of night, will have a Cirque de Soleil theme this year … and while Titans players won’t be involved in any stunts, they were happy to get an insider’s view of how circus acts are done.

The 11th annual charity ball, with profits going to Ronald McDonald House south-east Queensland, will be held on Saturday, July 9 at RACV Royal Pines. And it will be the most spectacular visually with the circus theme running throughout the venue.

This morning Titans players Daniel Mortimer, Chris McQueen and Karl Lawton headed to Aerial Angels, who will providing entertainment on the night, to see if they could cut it when it came to aerial acrobatics.

They were put through some aerobic manoeuvres by instructor Elissa Cadwell, who has appeared on movies and is regarded as one of the country’s leading aerobic gymnasts.

“It was a lot harder than I thought,” said Mortimer, the most flexible and proficient of the trio on climbing the aerial silks and doing a mermaid pose on the aerial trapeze.

“I take by mat off to how fit and strong they must be after seeing Elissa do it so easily.

“it was great to be involved. The charity ball is a night the players and partners look forward to as much as anyone else and it raises money for such a good cause in Ronald McDonald House.”

More than 600 attend the ball each year with more than $1.5 million having been raised for local charities.

The major fund-raising item this year, to be auctioned on the night, is an Audi A4 2.0 TFSI courtesy of Audi Central Gold Coast. It has an S Line sports package, Audi assistance package and a Technik package and is valued at almost $77,000.

This is the third year Ronald McDonald House has been the recipient of the annual ball.

RMH has 50 rooms at Herston (next to the Royal Brisbane women’s and children’s hospitals) Hospital, 21 rooms at the Mater Hospital, two at Gold Coast University hospital and several at Lady Cilento.

A new house is being built close to Lady Cilento in Brisbane the largest in the country, costing over $20 million, with fund-raising getting closer to the target. Funds from the charity ball will be very valuable. The house, which will open later this year, will have 13 levels, with a minimum 70 rooms and capacity to expand to 112 rooms with additional funding.

Tickets for the charity ball are still on sale, call the Aquis Titans on 07 5656 5650.

Charity ball details:

Date: Saturday 9th July

Location: RACV Royal Pines

Theme: Cirque du Soleil

Charity: Ronald McDonald House Charity

Early bird tickets on sale until the April 30th at $215 per person and $2100 for table of 10

Full price tickets: $235 per person after then.