It takes a village to care for the future cancer care needs of the Sunshine Coast community. Many individuals and businesses within our community have found purpose, passion and pride in giving to Bloomhill, for the betterment of our society. We were amazed and proud that amidst the chaos and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, our business partners held firm and found new ways to help us out. New donors joined us, including one couple who enabled one of our most exciting firsts – The Chrysalis monthly giving program.

This couple pledged to match donations on 19 June, at our ‘Be There for Bloomhill Giving Day’. We raised just over $19,000 in one-off donations through the campaign in addition to their generous donation. These funds will directly support another 32 people living with cancer this year. Monthly giving pledges will provide support for another 43 clients for an entire year.

We are delighted to thank our friends in business, who helped arrange COVID-safe fundraisers for Bloomhill over the past few months. They are: 

  • Sunshine Coast Turf Club for the Charity Race Day and businesses who sponsored the day
  • Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation for its donation to help renew our ageing transport fleet and fund breast cancer related equipment and client services
  • Tracey G Prosthetics and Lingerie for ongoing support
  • Girl Torque motorcycle group for its final, fabulous Bras n Bikes fundraiser and breast cancer awareness ride
  • White Oak Coffee for their hilarious and effective “Boobie donut” fundraiser
  • Beerwah Golf and District Golf Course for their Charity Golf Day
  • Sunshine Coast Grammar School and Siena Catholic College, which coordinated op-shop donation drives that have been so helpful to drive much needed items into our op-shops.

Also, we’d love to give a huge, warm, virtual hug to those who have helped and are helping our community garden vision come to fruition:

  • Good Harvest organic food grower, who donated edible plants
  • Express Print and Mail, who made The Chrysalis sign at the garden entrance
  • JW Solutions QLD – Jeremy and Sarah Wetton, countless hours of hard work in and on the garden
  • Bruce’s Carpentry – Bruce Wetton, for designing and building the stunning timber chairs
  • Mitre 10 Gympie - $2,000 of timber and materials
  • John Holland’s team of workers from the airport site, using their big muscles and donation of decking
  • Airlie Earthworks – Ben Mizzi donated a digger and a day of his time to create the path areas and clean up the site
  • Aussie Gardens – Bird Bath
  • Kawana Hardware – Ian Witten - $5,000 of assorted materials, delivery and Ian’s knowledge
  • Our Bloomhill volunteer gardeners for their priceless hours keeping it cleared and watered

Not forgetting every single business and person that supports us round the clock, we are so blown away by the never ending generosity.

Local media supports Bloomhill

We are grateful to be part of a community where local media recognise how crucial their support of our work is, and truly felt reporters went the extra mile to be there for Bloomhill when we need it most – as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

The loud, pink and proud organisers of Bras N Bikes charity ride never fail to attract attention, but their launch of the 19th and final Bras ‘N’ Bikes Last Lap on 18 October marked the start of a blitz of local media interest in Bloomhill. News outlets responded to every invitation we put out there to help Bloomhill raise awareness and funds for cancer survivorship on the Sunshine Coast.

Please join us in thanking the local media in whatever way you can. If you’re on Facebook or Instagram please like or share the below stories, drop them an email or send a message of thanks. Note that a few of these stories are behind paywalls, so only subscribers can view them.

Links to stories

Quirky cancer charity ride plans epic last hurrah – August 2020

 

New program for children of families impacted by cancer (September)

 

‘Honk if you’re a breast cancer survivor’: Girl bikers announce towns to benefit from charity ride (September)

 

Café launches ‘buy a pair’ Boobie Donuts for breast cancer awareness month (October)

 

Bras n Bikes Last Lap a huge success (October)

 

Article authors: Nikki Firmin, Associate Director of Development and Nicky Moffat, Community Engagement Lead. November 2020.