And just like that, Christmas is over, and we are all geared up for another fabulous year here at Bloomhill Cancer Care.

A heart-felt thank you to our community for your valued support in making our 2019 Christmas Appeal a huge success. In particular we would like to thank the amazing support received by our major sponsors John Holland Group, Sunshine Coast Airport and 104.9 Sunshine FM. Together your support translated directly into 17 festive food hampers for our clients, presents from Santa for 21 children whose loving parents are facing a cancer diagnosis, and free nurse-led cancer support for over 60 Bloomhill clients. Thank you for bringing some sunshine into these beautiful people’s lives over Christmas.

In the lead up to Christmas we were also overjoyed to take delivery of a fabulous new toddler friendly playground – now taking pride of place next to our community café. The playground was made possible thanks to proceeds raised from the Bloomhill Family Fun Day last September, an initiative powered by our good friends at Stream Financial. This month we feature some of the other, practical ways, to help our clients navigate the various challenges faced when facing a cancer diagnosis. We warmly welcome partnerships of this ilk that help us create a holistic support service to improve client wellness.

In the Clinical Services space, I am pleased to announce after many months in planning Bloomhill has partnered with the Breast Cancer Thrivership Program. The Thrivership Program has been designed by a dedicated team of health professionals who know there is more to be done for breast cancer patients. We have clinical and allied health support services on offer to provide additional help needed to make some positive steps in their health journey. On March 7 Bloomhill will be facilitating a seminar on Sexual Health. The panel of knowledgeable speakers includes Dr Michelle Morris, Annette Bezear and Fiona Rogers.

We also privileged to have one of our clients, Sally Kriel, share her story with you. At just 38 years of age, Sally faced the emotional and physical hurdles of a cancer diagnosis and treatment while being a mother to two young boys who were just 18 months and three years old. Sally has some powerful messages around trusting your gut instincts and getting a second opinion if need be, as well as some important key message for others who are facing a cancer diagnosis. We are also proud to welcome Sally officially as our Bloomhill Ambassador for the upcoming event Ignite Talks – Conversations of Cancer. But we will bring you more on this in coming months!

Our volunteers continue to do us proud, pounding the pavement to raise awareness of Bloomhill Cancer Care and how community members just like you can help support our cause. On Australia Day they were waving the Bloomhill banner high and proud taking part in the amazing Buderim community parade run by the BWMCA. It is events like this the bring us all together, community groups, services and local businesses – united in our desire to make the Sunshine Coast a great place to live and work. It never ceases to amaze me the many and varied reasons why people choose to come to volunteer with us at Bloomhill. This month we have featured Kathy’s story for your reading pleasure.

After the Christmas rush our Op Shops are in now in need of Belts, Books and Bric a Brac to restock their shelves. So, if you have any quality, used, popular novels, dress and pant belts or beautiful bric-a-brac to spare, please click here to find a store near you and donate today!

Last, but not least I am really pleased to announce that our Bloomhill Signature Events Calendar is now available at the bottom of this month’s e-news. Do get out your diaries and mark these as ‘must attend’ events in your calendar. I can guarantee there is something there for everyone – and you won’t be disappointed!

Enough from me, please click through and enjoy this month’s e-news.

Your sincerely,

Chris Franck

Chief Executive Officer