Welcome to our September edition of Bloomhill News – our external newsletter to Stakeholders and the general public. 

As predicted it has been a hive of activity across the Sunshine Coast community this month as we attended a number of business and community events and hosted one of our all-time favourite annual fundraisers – the Bloomhill Race Day.

We were delighted to be first of the rank to host Mr Greg Hunt MP Federal Minister for Health at our Wellness Centre last Monday night – as he landed in the Sunshine Coast. Mr Hunt and Mr Ted O’Brien, Federal Member for Fairfax joined some of our Board, staff, clients and volunteers to celebrate federal funding that will be directed in support of our incredible nursing staff. 

The commitment to invest $850,000 in late June this year came at a critical time for us – for which we are incredibly grateful. However, the push to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the entire Bloomhill operation continues.   We will continue to seek State government support for the valuable service Bloomhill provides to the greater Sunshine Coast region and the cost savings we are passing onto the health sector.

To lighter matters, Sunday August 25 saw our annual Bloomhill Cancer Care Race Day at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club. The weather was spectacular and the two spaces across both Champaign Gardens and the Pavilion were filled with the sounds of laughter and chatter of nearly 300 guests.  Everyone had a ball united by a shared vision to raise money for a great cause. Some of us even got to see a race or two! We are still awaiting the final fundraising figures – I look forward to sharing these with you as soon as they come in.

A huge thank you to our sponsors Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation, All Computer Services, Bob Jayne T-Mart, and Clinic One without whom we wouldn’t be able to host such a fabulous event. Thank you to Caroline Hutchinson and Bill Darby for lending their time and expertise to keeping things on track. Thank you also to Joe Surace for the fabulous photos.

Last but not least I would also like to thank Melissa Wolpert, our Events Coordinator, Amanda Hamilton, our Volunteer Team Leader and our fabulous volunteers for delivering yet another spectacular event. The countless hours of preparation and energy required to deliver these events requires an extra-ordinary team to make things run seamlessly from start to finish. So thank you.

August was a busy month for our client care department as well. Clinical Services Manager Trish Wilson and Associate Director Development Nikki Firmin were delighted to speak at the 4556 Chamber of Commerce Wellness Breakfast this month. Bloomhill also had an information booth at the I Age Well - Over 50’s Lifestyle Expo which was met with wonderful levels of engagement from attendees.

These events offer an essential forum for businesses to be informed of the various ways cancer impacts people living on the Sunshine Coast – including how they can support their staff should they or their family be impacted by the disease. We welcome opportunities to share our insights and support our community in this way.

With the change in season our Op Shops are in desperate need for quality pre-loved or new items of clothing, jewellery, furniture or bric-a-brac. We have seen a recent increase in the volume of broken and poor quality donations in the past few months. So we have put together our top 3 tips for what to consider when making a donation to us. We hope you find these helpful.

Our Containers for Change / Re-Turn-It program continues to draw steady support from the community. If you weren’t aware you can ‘cash in your cans’ directly to Bloomhill Cancer Care, well you can! We provide drop off locations at our Bloomhill Centre in Buderim, our Distribution Centre and select Op Shops across the Sunshine Coast. All you need to do is use the code C10015434 when your return your cans and bottles – it is that easy. 

Our thanks to Elaine Dewet who wrote a fabulous review of our Sunshine Coast Forest Markets in Weekend Notes this month. We are really proud of this new market and what it has to offer the Sunshine Coast community. If you have yet to come on down and check it out, the next market will be held this Saturday September 7. We would love to see you there.

Our inaugural Bloomhill Family Fun Day, powered by Stream Financial, is set to go off on Saturday September 21. We love to hear the sounds of families enjoying the beautiful grounds at Bloomhill and can’t wait to welcome everyone on the day. We will be recreating the Hope and Peace from Within Exhibition and running tours of the Wellness Centre for those curious about what we do. So if you are free come on down. Entry is free. 

Last but not least: our major fundraiser the Bloomhill Charity Auction is now in full swing. Thanks to Next Property Group, this annual event will again be a night of nights for the entire Sunshine Coast community to enjoy. Please let us know if you would like to donate prizes to promote and auction on the night. 

This year the winner of our major raffle will be driving away in a $48,818 Mercedes Benz A-Class Hatch. Over the next 6 weeks we will selling raffle tickets at Mercedes-Benz Sunshine Coast every Saturday and down at the Cotton Tree Markets each Sunday from now until the prize is drawn at the Charity Auction on October 11.

So please, purchase a ticket and like, share, post, re-post to everyone you know so we can make this raffle go off with a bang! Have you bought your ticket yet?  You have to be IN IT to WIN IT!! A Sunshine Coast resident won last year’s Mercedes-Benz – so let’s keep the love on the Coast!

Enough from me! Please enjoy this edition of Bloomhill e-news.

Your sincerely,

Chris Franck

Chief Executive Officer