'Amazing' response to pink fundraiser

Published 8:30am 26 October 2023

'Amazing' response to pink fundraiser
Words by Nick Crockford

Pink is the colour at Cactus Jack’s on Redcliffe Parade for the highlight of a month-long drive to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

It finishes at the waterfront restaurant on Sunday (October 29) with a “big party” from 2pm, when supporters are encouraged to wear pink.

A huge raffle will be drawn around 5.30pm, with the top prizes including a new car and inflatable boat.

The raffle's $35,000 prize pool is just shy of the $40,000 raised in the last two years by Cactus Jack’s owners Rob and Kate Griffiths.

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“My wife and I always wanted to do something to support the foundation,” Rob said, “owning Cactus Jack’s just gave us a bigger audience.

Rob’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 years ago. She is now clear of the disease, but Rob says it “took a big toll on her”.

“Three years ago, when we were gearing up for our first campaign, a close friend of ours was also diagnosed with breast cancer,” he added.

“This almost stopped us going ahead. Instead, with her encouragement, we went all in and generated funds for breast cancer research - but more importantly created a conversation.

“We have since had more women come forward to say they are, or have, fought the battle.

“This is a good way to show we are all here to support them in some way, shape or form.”

Breast cancer merchandise has been created and sold, along with tickets for the raffle which has around 30 prizes.

The first prize is a new MG five-door hatchback car, sponsored by All Car Wholesale and Cactus Jacks, valued at $20,000.

'Amazing' response to pink fundraiser

Second is an inflatable mercury boat with auxiliary outboard, sponsored by Brisbane Marine and valued at $3500.

A Black Hawk electric skateboard, sponsored by The Dring Family, is the third prize, valued at $900.

Many local businesses and regular customers have generously donated other prizes and vouchers.

“We are stoked with how well received it is,” Rob said. “Each year support gets more and more. People jump on board and prizes get bigger.

“The numbers are amazing, but to a lot of people it’s a very personal and individual thing. Breast cancer affects the lives of so many.”

'Amazing' response to pink fundraiser
'Amazing' response to pink fundraiser

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