Caloundra Rise Retirement community raises funds for cancer research.

09 November 2017 | Community

What a night! Pink party gear, pink wigs and pink tutus well and truly set the scene for fun and frivolity at the Caloundra Rise Retirement Village ‘Ladies Pink Night’ fundraiser.

The Village’s Community Centre was abuzz with excitement as almost 100 ladies gathered together to raise funds for Cancer research. Together, they raised $3131!

The organising team aptly called the Pink Committee and residents proudly presented the donation cheque to QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute’s Natalie Guardala at morning tea last week.

“We rely on the support of the community to conduct the cutting edge medical research that we do into cancer and other illnesses,” Natalie said.

“Everyone has been, or will be at some stage, affected by cancer, either directly themselves or indirectly through family members, friends, colleagues, neighbours and acquaintances.

“The money raised by Caloundra Rise Retirement Village will be used to progress cancer research projects that may otherwise lack the funding to proceed and, in doing so, will benefit all Australians.”

Caloundra Rise resident and Pink Committee organiser Rosemary Burnett said that when planning started in May, it was only to be a handful of ladies gathered in a resident’s lounge room.

“Everybody here has been touched by cancer in some way so when we said we were raising money for cancer everyone just got behind us.

“Before we knew it was bigger than someone’s lounge room, everybody was really keen to help and it just snowballed.” Rosemary said.

“We weren’t only supported by residents – but their families, friends, the local and Brisbane business communities all offered support.”

Thanks to their generosity 55 prizes made for some serious raffle draws, auctions and trivia fun.

It all took place in the midst of a delicious array of food cooked by residents, with the evening’s entertainment provided by The Cheeky Chicks and the Village’s very own resident line dancers!

At the heart of the fun the real meaning and purpose that united these ladies shone through as some of those touched by cancer shared their heartbreaking and inspiring stories, in particular village resident Sheila who made a very serious situation humorous as she bravely shared her journey.

Helen McHugh, Caloundra Rise Retirement Village Resident summed it up perfectly.

“We may have been touched, we may have been thrashed, by cancer of some sort, at some time, had affected us deeply and we wanted it gone – forever.”

“I was very glad I was there (the fundraiser) and proud of our incredible spirit,” Helen said.IMG_7333

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