Join us in June – celebrate the heroes among us who are baring all to help bolster Bloomhill, the biggest community-based cancer support organisation in our region. This year Bloomhill celebrates 25 years of providing individualised support, and we want to continue this for the next 25 years. With your ongoing help, we can.  

For the entire month we are calling on you and the Sunshine Coast community to band together to help us raise funds and be there for Bloomhill.  

We exist to provide personalised support to those touched with cancer and throughout June we share their stories. Stories of devastation, uncertainty, hope, strength and all the emotions that come with a cancer diagnosis. Noel, Kharlia, Maxine and Shelly are incredibly inspiring individuals who are courageous enough to share their journey and the impact of having personalised support each step of the way.  

They share their stories during June for the same reason, to increase awareness and ensure others touched by cancer are supported when they need it most. 

There are 3 ways you can get involved: 

1. Simply DONATE to our appeal and Be There For people like Noel, Kharlia, Maxine, Shelly and their families. Feel good knowing you’ve made an impact no matter how big or small...!

2. WIN A CAR when you purchase a raffle ticket because who says no to a new car...!

3. Purchase a ticket and GET DRESSED UP for our Patron’s gala and have a great night out celebrating Bloomhill’s 25th Birthday...! 

You have the power the make an impact. So Be There for Bloomhill this June. Thank you!

We find many of our donors like to do a direct bank transfer.If this is your preferred way of donating please use the details below, noting your full name and email address for a thank you note and receipt to be sent.  

Account: Bloomhill ANZ Account BSB: 014-306 ACC: 470246806 REF: "please enter your full name and email address." 

For inquiries please contact [email protected] 

Donations over $2 AUD are fully tax-deductible in Australia. 

Be there for Noel

Noel O’Mara was diagnosed with gastro-oesophageal cancer in 2019. 

A Mons resident and Ambulance service executive, Noel heard about Bloomhill from a nurse, during chemotherapy treatments.

When he first visited the wellness centre at Buderim, he was amazed at the variety of services all located in the one place –all of which were relevant to him.

“I met a remarkable nurse, who explained so many things to me, like how cancer can get in your head, what you can do about that, and about the scars and how to alleviate discomforts and address pain,” he said.

Noel found psychologists, dietetics, exercise physiology, and oncology massage professionals. He also found support groups, meditation courses, and shared experiences with others touched by cancer.  

“I hadn’t been game to let anyone touch my scars but Audrey, Deb and Neila (Bloomhill massage therapists) have each been able to do wonderful relaxing ‘soft touch’ massage and cold laser treatment for me that has been so beneficial,” Noel said.

“The laser treatment has helped reduce the scars significantly as you can see in my before-and-after photos.” 

Read Noel’s story here.

Photo: Noel O'Mara and his wife Kate O'Mara at Bloomhill in Buderim, by Mitchell-Clare Productions.

Be there for Kharlia

Peachester resident Kharlia Beck was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 32, in 2019.

Despite difficult odds, Kharlia underwent two surgeries and chemotherapy programs and is now cancer-free.

Throughout the experience she received help from Bloomhill Cancer Care.

"When I was first diagnosed, I didn't know how to cope. It was very isolating, and I felt alone and disconnected. But the art therapy program at Bloomhill really helped me express myself and work through some of the tough emotions I was feeling. Other services like massage have helped with side effects from treatment I still get."

Today, Kharlia is an active member of the Bloomhill community and is passionate about giving back and helping others who are going through a similar journey.

"I want people to know that they're not alone. And I want to be there for Bloomhill like they are there for me."

Kharlia will share her story in depth throughout June in support of the Be There for Bloomhill Appeal.

Photo: Kharlia Beck at Bloomhill in Buderim, by Mitchell-Clare Productions.

Be there for Maxine

Maxine Duthie arrived on the Sunshine Coast from Sydney having just survived bladder cancer and a brain tumour. In total she has survived five cancers.

Her cancer journey has been long and difficult, and she’s been a Bloomhill client for 18 years! She is sure that without Bloomhill, she would not be here today.

"Five cancers have taken a huge toll on my body," Maxine said.

"When I found Bloomhill we had just arrived and I knew nobody. Soon after arriving I was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

"Thank goodness my doctor told me about Bloomhill. Bloomhill was there for me, I made friends with others diagnosed with cancer and soon, had a sense of belonging. The relaxation therapies helped me to relax and heal both physically and emotionally.

"It was Bloomhill that helped me understand what I could do to give myself the best chance of survival. I changed my diet, exercised and made other lifestyle changes."

Maxine will share more of her story in the coming weeks in support of Bloomhill’s Be There for Bloomhill Appeal.

Photo: Wayne and Maxine Duthie with their dog Lani, by Patrick Woods Photography. 

Be there for Shelly

When Sippy Downs resident Shelly Rankin, now 21, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma she was just 20 years old. She was fit and healthy, except for a bit of trouble she had breathing and a cold which wouldn’t go away.

A week after the diagnosis, Shelly was rushed to hospital because she couldn’t breathe. There was nearly 1.5 litres of fluid in her lung and they had to be painfully, surgically drained.

Six rounds of chemotherapy and six months later, Shelly’s treatments had been successful, the tumour was gone and she was in remission. Blood tests and other scans have shown no evidence of cancer. She now had six-monthly check-ups and monitors for symptoms, she said, but as far as she knew she was cancer free.

Shelly found Bloomhill Cancer Care thanks to a caring and resourceful nurse at Sunshine Coast University Hospital where she was treated, who also worked at Bloomhill. She has been supported by Bloomhill through almost her entire cancer journey so far.

Shelly is now an advocate for Bloomhill’s personalised services for people touched by cancer, after accessing supports that made a huge and positive difference to her.

“I want people like me to know it’s there for them, and if they know anyone looking for a worthy cause to support, please give to this awesome, community based Sunny Coast charity,” she said.

Read more about Shelly’s story here. Photo: Shelly Rankin at Bloomhill in Buderim, by Patrick Woods Photography.

Be there for Bloomhill

Your impact goes a long way to continue supporting our local community and those touched by cancer.  

Thank you for supporting Bloomhill with this appeal.  

Published: 31 May 2022 Updated: 1 June 2022