Bloomhill charity race day gallops to success
BLOOMHILL Cancer Help opens its doors to about 40 new clients every month.
And to continue providing the support to Sunshine Coast cancer patients and their families, they need financial support.
Bloomhill Cancer Help held its 12th annual race day yesterday at Corbould Park, Caloundra, attracting about 360 people.
Bloomhill general manager Mervat Quirke said the event had been a great success over the past 11 years, raising upwards of $50,000 each year.
"Every dollar we make gets matched by Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation, so we're hoping to raise between $30,000 to $40,000," she said.
"All the money raised goes to supporting cancer clients and their families on the Sunshine Coast.
"We don't receive any government funding, so every dollar we do make is important.
"This is our biggest fundraiser."
The day included a full race schedule, raffles, a best-dressed competition and auctions - the painting done by Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson and local artist Kendall went for $5000.
Bloomhill provides a range of services and complimentary therapies, transport to appointments, message and counselling.
The charity relies on donations and fundraising events such as the Bloomhill Race Day, as well as income from its op shops and the Cotton Tree Markets to continue providing its valuable services.
Ms Quirke said Bloomhill had about 750 cancer clients and their families on their books, welcoming between 30 to 40 new clients every month.
"We get them at all different stages," she said.
"Sometimes it's early diagnosis, through to treatment and after.
"Whichever stage, we're open to supporting (them)."