Come make history with us! This year Bloomhill is set to make history as they aim to thrive not just survive in the wake of Covid-19. And first on the agenda is celebrating still being here thanks to the generosity of the Sunshine Coast community. CEO Chris Franck said, “Covid has had a huge impact on so many charities. At Bloomhill, we were forced to shift our focus to surviving, while at the same time staying true to our mission to support people with cancer in a vulnerable state. However, as we start to breathe life back into our Centre, we welcome the opportunity to celebrate the fact we are still here - in a historic way.” Bloomhill staff and clients began to return to the Centre this week, coinciding with Cancer Survivor Awareness month. A cause at the very heart of Bloomhill’s mission. “With a 1 in 2.4 chance of being diagnosed with cancer by age 80 on the Sunshine Coast, the reality is we all know someone who has been affected by cancer,” Mr Franck said. “And for many, June offers an important opportunity to normalize a conversation around cancer and to find out where to get support should you need to.” Last year Bloomhill launched its inaugural Be There For Bloomhill giving campaign to do just this. To celebrate cancer survivors everywhere through a month-long campaign jam-packed with fun, festive and informative events capped off with their first ever Giving Day. It was a great success and raised over $100,000 for the charity. Mr Franck said, “Be There for Bloomhill provides a fun and vibrant way to raise awareness and much needed funds for a great cause. But this year will be like no other as we regroup, recover and reimagine a new future that will see Bloomhill become more sustainable and resilient to whatever comes our way” “We are so grateful to be able to celebrate the fact that we are still here and continue to provide invaluable cancer community-health services to people in need. Services that will be even more important in the wake of COVID-19 as more people find themselves in financial distress.” With social distancing measures in mind, and recognizing everyone is running on reduced capacity, Bloomhill is calling on the community to get creative and think about how they can help raise awareness and funds for the cancer support charity in a COVID-Safe way. With a focus on ‘B’ in Be There. The possibilities are endless. Whether it’s a virtual bake sale, a socially distanced barbecue or a gold coin free dress day at school – it’s super easy to get involved with Be There for Bloomhill Annual Giving Day, June 19. “Large or small every donation and fundraiser means the world to us. Because it means more hearts and eyes are on solving the problem of WHY Bloomhill exists today. To provide compassionate cancer care and support to those in need – when they need us most.” HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? GET ONLINE TO DONATE OR FUNDRAISE – it’s super easy to show your support by getting online and donating or fundraising for Bloomhill at www.bloomhill.com.au/donate. If you are struggling for inspiration, great ideas are being posted on facebook @bloomhillcancercare throughout this week. So check them out. NEW MONTHLY GIVING PROGRAM LAUNCH – Bloomhill’s new monthly giving community, The Chrysalis, will be launched with the unveiling of a life-size butterfly sign to feature in the beautiful gardens by the café. The massive 2.4 x 1.5m sign celebrates the great things that can be achieved through philanthropy and the hope it brings to people living with cancer. The 1.5m width is also an intentional reminder of safe social distancing at the Centre and a shared responsibility to look out for each other in the months ahead. HOMEMADE JAMS AND SCONES - In line with Covid constraints, donors and the community are invited to visit the Wellness Centre throughout the day on June 19 to enjoy a coffee and homemade scones and jam in the gardens. While there, if you sign up to The Chrysalis you can have your photo taken in front of an amazing new installation to help promote this great initiative. NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN PROJECT - A volunteer-driven community garden project will also sew its first seeds in the grounds of Bloomhill on Be There For Bloomhill Day. The project aims to make the lower gardens of Bloomhill more accessible and useable for our clients, staff and visitors. The garden project will also enable a future immersive grief counselling and therapy program currently in planning at the Centre. Below are just a selection of the amazing local community groups and businesses who got behind us last year!