Ruth McGregor decided that she wanted to do something great and meaningful for her 50th birthday party. Anything physical “like climbing a mountain,” was out of the question, so a party for charity was the next logical choice for her. McGregor decided to host a charity ball in honor of Cystic Fibrosis.
McGregor organized the ball to include a raffle, photos, an MC, and dancing. McGregor set her goal at £1,500 and was happy to surpass it by raising £2,500. McGregor also set up a personal Virgin money giving page for people to donate to. All funds raised were donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Party goers included Facebook friends, Twitter followers, close friends and family. McGregor contacted her friends and family through email and word of mouth, saying that “direct contact with individuals worked better than general e-mails.”
McGregor said that planning such a large event was stressful but well worth it. The one problem she encountered though was that she had not set a strict deadline on attendees purchasing raffle tickets. “We kept running out of tickets resulting in people having duplicate numbers which led to lots of confusion over who had won. Luckily our MC Kim made this very amusing (I think you had to be there!),” McGregor said.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust was established in 1964 and is the only UK-wide charity that focuses solely on Cystic Fibrosis. “We believe that everybody living with CF deserves the best possible quality of life with access to the best quality care and with a real hope for a better future. We will support them and their families to make this happen. To do this, we fund high quality research to understand CF better and to develop new and better treatments, we set standards of CF care and review services to make sure they are meeting those standards, and we provide information and advice to people with CF and their families.” Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, and other organs. “While our knowledge and understanding of CF, from its underlying genetic causes to ways of treating it, have grown immeasurably, there is still much to do if we are to reduce its impact on people with CF.”
With the help of generous people like Ruth McGregor and her friends and family, the long road to a permanent eradication of cystic fibrosis is closer than ever.