Thursday, September 14, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Charity Takes Flight

Last Friday, the highly-anticipated "Dinner on the Runway" event, hosted by Ibis Mackay in support of the Mackay Hospital Foundation, once again graced the tarmac adjacent to the 'old terminal' at Mackay Airport. Diners had the unique experience of enjoying a sumptuous three-course meal under the starry sky, all while watching scheduled jets take off and land just meters away.

Tery Wekumbura, the talented chef who has been behind this culinary extravaganza for the past two years, once again crafted a delectable feast for the guests. Mango Junction provided the musical entertainment, ensuring a lively atmosphere that had everyone dancing the night away. MCs Rob Kidd and Johnny Wilson, from 4MK and STARFM, added their signature charm and wit, elevating the evening's entertainment to new heights.

But the real highlight of the evening was the astounding generosity of the attendees. The Mackay Hospital Foundation was the beneficiary of the night's fundraising efforts, and it proved to be an overwhelming success.

Mackay Hospital Foundation General Manager, Kristi Algate said, “It’s a massive effort for Ibis Mackay and our small team at Mackay Hospital Foundation to prepare for this event but it certainly didn’t disappoint.

“We couldn’t be happier or more proud of the outcome.”

Local hospitals will reap the rewards of over $100,000 raised as a result of this year’s Dinner on the Runway.

Auctioneer extraordinaire, Luke Curtis from LJ Hooker Mackay wowed the crowd, providing entertainment as well as conducting a very successful live auction. Some of the auction items included flights, accommodation and tickets to a corporate suite at the Paul McCartney concert in Brisbane on 1st November; a mobility scooter donated by Mackay Outdoor Power Centre; a media advertising package including radio, television, print, digital and billboard advertising; and Sleepmaker ensembles donated by Harvey Norman Bedding.

Throughout the evening, guests were able to purchase a pillow, also donated by Harvey Norman Bedding, with the opportunity to take their pillows home or donate them to Mackay Women’s Centre.

Ms Algate added, “We owe a huge thanks to Adriette Meyer and Chef Tery at Ibis Mackay, as well as Mackay Airport and our record number of guests at this year’s Dinner on the Runway, for helping to make this unique event an incredible success.”

Photo credit: Coffee and Hops

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