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Donations flood in for Redcliffe Hospital's Giving Day

Posted: 10am 15 Oct 2021

The first Redcliffe Hospital Giving Day was a “roaring success” with the latest figure showing more than $158,000 had been raised.

Donations poured in on Wednesday with every cent going to Redcliffe Hospital for health research, patient care, staff well-being, new equipment and other initiatives.

Among the donations was $50,000 from the Lewis Land Group, owners owns of The Belvedere and The Komo.

By this morning (Friday) the overall figure had risen to $158,479.

Chris Allison, from Lewis Land Group, hands over a $50,000 cheque on Giving Day to RWBH Foundation CEO Simone Garske

'Absolute privilege'

“When we looked to align ourselves with charities, we were approached by Raise it for Redcliffe (and) it really was a no-brainer,” Queensland Regional Manager Chris Allison said at the presentation.

“The pleasure is all ours, it’s an absolute privilege.”

It was one of many donations, of varying sizes, which flowed in to the delight of organisers.

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Working the phones on Redcliffe Hospital's Giving Day
Sharyn Ghidella, from Channel 7 with Redcliffe Hospital Executive Director Louise Oriti
Chris Allison, from Lewis Land Group hands over the cheque to RBWH Foundation CEO Simone Garske.
Chris Allison from Lewis Land Group which owners The Komo and The Belvedere
Sharyn Ghidella, from Channel 7, joins the in the phone room.
Eleanor Hann's message
Eleanor Hann adds her message to the Gratitude Tree with Sharyn Ghidella.
Eleanor Hann's with her message on the Gratitude Tree.
Redcliffe Hospital Executive Director Louise Oriti
Eleanor Hann tells her story to support Redcliffe Hospital's fundraiser

Electric atmosphere

“Thank you to the generous people, businesses and community groups who made the first Redcliffe Hospital Giving day a roaring success!” RBWH Foundation CEO Simone Garske said.

“The atmosphere in the Giving Day phone room during the last couple of hours was electric, as we watched the tally pass our goal of $100,000 and reach $150,000.

“We can’t wait to report back to our community about the projects that can now happen.”

Eleanor Hann tells her story to support Redcliffe Hospital's fundraiser

Great support

Sharyn Tidswell, Fundraising Manager – Redcliffe Hospital, RBWH Foundation, said it was “community at its best”.

“What the tally also represents is the engagement and trust of the Moreton Bay region in Redcliffe Hospital and its dedicated health care workforce,” she said.

“Special thanks to 99.7 Bridge FM and their volunteer presenters who hosted an outdoor broadcast radiothon, and everyone who fundraised, volunteered, got the word out and donated.

“Redcliffe Hospital Giving Day would not have been possible without your support.”

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Dr Joel Dulhunty completing his fundraising ride on a penny farthing
James Gorman, Andy Pattison & Trisha Evans
Mycah King from Holistic Horizons
Matthew Sherton of North Lakes
Dean Haplin from Holistic Horizons
Julie Latchman and Ryna Mills from Holistic Horizons
Paul Hayman, writer/producer/director of Cloudland
Lezley Stewart from 99.7FM
Phil Moore and Tania Harkins of Holistic Horizons
Michelle Kelly from Brisbane
Doreen Johnston from the Redcliffe Sunrise Rotary Club
Michael and Glennis Flannery of Clontarf
Glen Millar from Deception Bay
Craig Kilburn from Repco
Lisa Stewart from Coorparoo

Cycling marathon

One of the day’s highlights was the completion of a 500km penny farthing challenge by Redcliffe Hospital Director of Research and Medical Education Dr Joel Dulhunty.

In recent weeks, Dr Dulhunty attracted attention and donations rising 50 times around Redcliffe Hospital and five times across the Ted Smout Memorial Bridge.

Major/Matching Donors:

The Komo and The Belvedere

GKS Law

BallyCara

Holistic Horizons Support Services

RAMS Home Loans Moreton

Associate Professor Geoff Hawson and Dr Kym Irving PhD

‘Raise it for Redcliffe’ Research Giving Circle

Moreton Bay Regional Prostate Cancer Support Group

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