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Community Unites to Raise $56,107 to Support Pancreatitis

$56,107 was raised in the fight against hereditary pancreatitis thanks to a successful fundraiser organized by our fundraising champion Helena.

Helena   KTDRA Fundraiser

"Helena Kollias continues to raise funds in the fight against kidney disease, diabetes and pancreatitis."

An overwhelming $56,107 was raised in the fight against hereditary pancreatitis thanks to another successful fundraiser organised by Helena Kollias.

Helena held a Gala Ball on Friday 3 September 2021 at the Adelaide Town Hall with 250 people in attendance.

Helena’s fundraising efforts began prior to the event, raising almost $10,000 with private donations and a raffle in the weeks leading up to the Gala Ball. The remaining funds were raised on the night with a silent auction, run by Marc de Plessis, raffles and extra donations.

The MC on the night was Kerry Harrigan, who’s wife Margaret was the first person in South Australia to receive an islet cell transplant curing her of diabetes. Guests were also treated to a talk from Professor Toby Coates, who spoke about the life-changing work his team is undertaking in the fight against pancreatitis.

Helena is incredibly grateful for the support from guests and sponsors on the night, as well as everyone who helped bring the event together.

“Each time I hold a fundraising event, I am blown away by the generosity from everyone and this time was no different,” Helena said.

“I’m so grateful for all the auction items and raffle prizes that were generously donated by many South Australian businesses as well as the Adelaide Town Hall and the Adelaide City Council who were our sponsors.

“For this fundraiser I chose to direct the funds specifically to hereditary pancreatitis that not only affects adults, but children also, specifically our Indigenous population.”

Pancreatitis is a condition where inflammation of the pancreas takes place, causing severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea and vomiting. People with this type of chronic pancreatitis typically experience symptoms from a very young age and suffer the full burden of the disease from their teenage years all the way through adulthood.

Prof Coates is making inroads into treating pancreatitis, but he says community support is important now more than ever.

KTDRA Gala Ball – Toby Coates


“Our work relies heavily on funding and we are so grateful for people like Helena who advocate for us. By getting the community together and raising funds, this allows our research to progress so we can continue helping people with kidney disease, diabetes and also pancreatitis,” Prof Coates said.


“We are extremely grateful for the support from Helena, KTDRA and the South Australian community.”