Help raise $2.5 million for cancer support group

Published 6:00am 2 April 2024

Help raise $2.5 million for cancer support group
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Volunteers from Leukaemia Support Queensland are ramping up their efforts to raise $2.5 million to build a new wellness accommodation centre by implementing new fundraising initiatives.

To help them reach their goal faster, the not-for-profit organisation - which is based in Moreton Bay - has organised a Christmas in July Dinner event and started a 120 Club. 

Leukaemia Support Queensland President Jane McMillan OAM is calling on the community to help make their dream a reality.

“We launched our campaign to build a $2.5 million wellness accommodation centre last year, and since September we have raised $100,000,” Jane says.

“This facility will ensure patients and their families or carers will have somewhere to stay free of charge when they go to hospital for treatments.

“I am hoping for a minimum of 10 units that will be within a 10-minute drive from the Caboolture Hospital.

“This is a project we have been wanting to work on for a long time, and this will be our long-term goal for the next couple of years.

“We are off to a good start, but we do want to see that balance increase, so we are hoping to see lots of people come and support us at our fun and festive Christmas in July Dinner."

The event will be held at the North Lakes Hotel on Saturday, July 13. 

There will be live entertainment by Luke Dickens, who was the 2008 Australian Idol runner-up, plus an encore performance from The Almost Full Monty.

There will also be a special appearance by Santa.

“Santa will be coming up from the South Pole and I have been told he already has his bags packed,” Jane says.

Tickets are $65 per person or $500 for a table of eight.

All guests are asked to arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

RSVPs are needed by June 7.

To reserve your seat, contact Jane on 0422 584 080 or email [email protected]

Join the 120 Club

The not-for-profit organisation also launched a 120 club in early March. 

“The idea of the 120 Club is to have 120 people join and they donate $10 a month for 12 months,” Jane says.

“People can choose to pay it up front, or break it down weekly, which works out to be $2.50 a week. That’s less than a cup of coffee.

“To say thank you to those who sign up, we will have a lucky member draw three times a year where we will give away a prize valued up to $100.

“That could be a meat tray or vouchers from local restaurants or Woolies.”

For more information, contact Jane via phone or email.  

Help raise $2.5 million for cancer support group

About Leukaemia Support Queensland

Leukaemia Support Queensland was founded on October 31, 2006.

The not-for-profit organisation is run solely by volunteers with 100 per cent of the funds dedicated to the cure and care of patients living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood cancers.

This care includes the provision of ‘home away from home’ accommodation near major treatment centres, as well as information, emotional support, education and support programs, and transportation to and from hospital, all free of charge.

For more information, visit the website or follow them on Facebook.


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