Who ever thought now is not a good time to be fund-raising, has not come across the comradery, community and determination of residents and staff alike at Belmont Grange!
Roz, one of Belmont Grange’s much-loved staff members, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Roz’s colleagues and residents put their thinking caps on as to how they could best support Roz, whilst she is currently not at work and receiving treatment.
After consultation with Roz, a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Network Australia was decided upon. Thursday June 25th was coined ‘Pink Day’ and with just three weeks of planning and organisation until the big day, there was much to do and prepare!
Jodie organised the prizes and collected donations, Roz herself helped to wrap the prizes, our Catering Manager Chris made a wonderful cake with a pink lady on it and our Lifestyle Co-ordinator Bridgette made some special cupcakes. Nurse Robyn had t-shirts made for staff with the motto “Friends don’t let Friends fight Cancer Alone” and a special t-shirt made for our guest of honour Roz that said it all “Fighting Cancer and Still Feeling Fabulous”. With all the preparations complete it was time for the big day!
The afternoon began with around 50 residents and staff meeting in our main lounge, social distancing and all dressed in pink. Once the tea and cakes were served it was time for MC Bronwyn to raffle the prizes and there were close to fifty of those! Raffle tickets had been purchased by residents, their families and friends and staff, not just at our home but at Homestyle Head Office as well. One resident won a few prizes, so kindly decided to donate some back, Bronwyn then ran a live auction with each prize going to the highest bidder!
An incredible $1,420 was raised from raffle tickets and our live auction but wait there’s more! For 55 hours only all donations were matched by the Breast Cancer Network Australia’s generous partners, Manildra Group and Konica Minolta! Their ‘Giving Campaign’ matched donations from these two companies, and this meant we raised $2,840 supporting the 55 Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer every day.
Thank you to all our wonderful staff and team at Belmont who contributed to making this day such a success. To our fabulous residents, their families and friends, staff who donated and especially to Roz who embraced this day with gusto and support for the greater good. We wish you all the best with the rest of your treatment Roz and look forward to the day we can have you back as part of our special team at Belmont Grange.
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