A Golden Opportunity to Show Your Community Colours
Following a hugely successful launch of the Sunshine Coast Hospice last night, a week long gold coin donation drive will now take place throughout the Sunshine Coast and Cooloola regions.
Schools, RSL clubs, churches, sports clubs, businesses and other locations across the region have kindly agreed to feature the gold donation boxes being placed at schools, RSLs, churches, sports clubs and in work places aimed at raising the funds required to build the first stage of the Sunshine Coast Community Hospice.
"If everyone on the Sunshine Coast donated just one gold coin, we would be well on our way to raising the $2m required to build the first stage," says Terry Clarke-Burrows, one of the two women who together with Sue Story have been the driving force behind turning the dream into reality.
"We encourage members of the public to dig deep this week and look out for our volunteer fundraisers who will be all decked out in gold attire for the gold coin appeal. Although we have around 80 volunteers, we're looking for up to 200 to help us conduct the gold coin drive, and more gold coin box locations, so please let us know if you can help."
At the launch event last night, which featured 600 guests featuring the Body Language Expert, Allan Pease as MC, columnist and hospitality personality Ashley Robinson and Katie Richardson who was recently crowned Miss World Australia) and many other esteemed guests from the community, the pair also unveiled the opportunity for members of the community to become 'Friends of the Hospice'.
"We know there are many, many people out there who have been affected by long term illness or death where there has been a desperate need for hospice care, but until now this has not been an option for them or their friends or family. We imagine they, and other very generous members of the community will like the concept of becoming a Friend of the Hospice (F.O.H)."
For only $50 per year, F.O.H's get a bag of goodies including a hospice CD entitled 'Music of the Rainbow which features the hospice's theme song including artists Don Burrows, Julie Anthony, John Morrison, Johnny Ashcroft and Gaye Kayler and locals Johnny Nicol as well as Tracy Bartelle, composer and singer of hospice song.
"Not many hospices can claim to have their own CD or theme song - but we can!" Story jokes.
Donations can be made in the lead up to the launch event, and at any time thereafter towards the hospice via the hospice's dedicated website, www.sunshinehospice.org.au.
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