November is a time to take stock and celebrate with our staff, volunteers and community supporters as we look back on a year of massive achievements.

In October we held our Annual General Meeting and welcomed five new members to our Bloomhill Board. Expressions of Interest received this year were truly exceptional. We are excited for the experience and networks our new members bring to help us realise future game-changing plans for Bloomhill. At the AGM we also released our 2019 Bloomhill Annual Review which shares key challenges and achievements in the last fiscal year. The new-look Review features stunning imagery by cancer survivor and photographer Joe Surace, and just a handful of the impact stories made possible through the support of our community.

In the month of October  our fundraising season peaked with two signature events jam-packed into the same month! Our Annual Bloomhill Charity Auction was held on Friday, October 11 at the Maroochydore RSL, and saw an excellent turn out of supporters. Entertainment, food and laughs a plenty were had as we auctioned off over 85 donated items and experiences to help raise money in support of people living with cancer. The winners of the Mercedes-Benz A180 and Aussie World Garage fuel voucher were highlights on the night – along with the live auction of our very first swimming pool donated by We Build Pools- ! The final total raised was just over $100,000! This will go directly towards supporting our clients, their families and their carers through services offered at our Wellness Centre in Buderim. For the third year running, this initiative enjoyed significant support from Lauren Wimhurst and her team at NEXT Properties.

But wait there is more! Sunday, October 20 saw the 2019 Bras ‘n Bikes Charity Ride bathed in sunshine, pink bras and sparkles - as far as the eye could see. For 18 years now, Girl Torque have been raising money in support of families impacted by cancer by donating all proceeds of this signature event to Bloomhill Cancer Care. This year saw record attendance with well over 500 bikers and pillions who came from far and wide, breaking all previous attendance records and a three year target of cracking $20,000! This amazing event is really something you have to see to believe, so I encourage you head over to the Bras ‘n Bikes Charity Ride Facebook Page and see the plethora of fabulous photos and videos that were captured on the day. Thank you so much to the team at Girl Torque, our very own Mel Wolpert and army of Bloomhill Volunteers – who together delivered another cracking event.

In the Clinical Services space, Bloomhill has recently launched a new support group tailored for Young Adults. We recognise that young adults in this age group have specific and unique concerns when diagnosed with cancer. This is a time when they are meeting people, forming close relationships, getting married, or looking to start a family. A cancer diagnosis does interfere with these important milestones in life; so connecting with other young adults who are going through a similar experiences can be benefical and rewarding. Bloomhill is a safe place where people of all ages and all cancer types can learn to live well with cancer.

I am also proud to announce Bloomhill signing up to The Alliance for Suicide Prevention – Sunshine Coast.  Most recently the alliance has launched an app called IHelp which has been designed as a digital tool to connect persons at risk of suicide and their supporters to services and resources specific for the Sunshine Coast. Bloomhill is among those organisations listed with support services available through the app - such as counselling and psychology for clients, carers and family members who may be struggling with aspects of a cancer diagnosis and its repercussions. 

This week we celebrated our wonderful Community Services Manager Alex Bert, who leads our fabulous Bloomhill Volunteer community.. November 5 was International Volunteer Managers' Day - a day which recognises the outstanding efforts of thousands of Volunteer Managers around the world. I want to acknowledge Alex for her passion and dedication to the task of managing our 450+ Bloomhill volunteers. In the last financial year over 92,000 hours were volunteered throughout Bloomhill, equating to more than $2.3 million in value. Amazing!! We are so grateful for the leadership, care and support Alex provides to all our volunteers. Thank you Alex - szacunek!

HO… do you hear the jingle jangle of Christmas bells in the air? Never fear! Our Op Shops are stocked up and ready to meet all of your festive needs! That’s right - there are trees, wrapping paper, bon-bons, gift cards and so much more. So, don’t be shy. Visit one of our stores near you. Our Op Shops provide an essential source of revenue to cover operational and service costs at our Wellness Centre. So give the gift that keeps on giving this year by purchasing or donating quality goods to our op shops in the lead up to Christmas. Why not set yourself (and your family and staff) the challenge to ONLY shop at our Op Shops this year! Good for the environment and good for your budget! A Christmas blessing for people living with cancer. Oh, and those unwanted Christmas gifts … well, recycle-donate them to your nearest Bloomhill Op Shop. Too big? Give our Distribution Centre a call on (07) 5445 6858 – they’ll come and collect.

Enough from me! Click through and please enjoy this edition of Bloomhill e-news.

Your sincerely,

Chris Franck

Chief Executive Officer