DOZENS of residents at Ingenia Lifestyle Hervey Bay have raised an impressive $1,800 for breast cancer prevention.
Some 86 residents took part in a ‘Bowls for Boobs’ event last week.
Ingenia Lifestyle Hervey Bay couple Terrence and Chris Clark took a leading role in the fundraising initiative, saying they were proud of their community for showing their charitable spirit on the day.
“We were truly blown away by the kindness of everyone. We feel so proud to have raised more than $1,800 for the cause – it completely exceeded our expectations,” Mr Clark said.
“The whole day kind of came about after another resident suggested hosting some sort of event for the Cancer Council Queensland.
“We held a luncheon of hot dogs, pink-frosted cupcakes and treats for $5 a head and charged $7 for entry into our little bowls competition.”
Ingenia donated funds from their Activate program to cover the cost of the luncheon and worked with the bowls team to organise the day.
“We thought this would be a great way to raise funds, but I decided to take it a step further and contact some of our bowls club sponsors,” explained Mr Clark.
Universal Home Improvements donated $250.
Mr Clark said a raffle was also held and artist Owen Pointon – a resident a Ingenia – donated an artwork to be auctioned.
“The piece managed to raise $225 which was just amazing,” Mr Clark said.
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Ingenia Lifestyle Hervey Bay Community Sales Manager Sharon Manson said she was thrilled with the community’s response to the event.
“This cause is really important to the community,” she said.
“Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Australian women, especially for women in the over 50s age group.
“A few of our residents have received a breast cancer diagnosis and many of us have been touched by the effects of breast cancer in some way.
“For us to have raised more than $1,800 is just phenomenal and a true testament of the generous nature of the residents and wider community here at Hervey Bay.”
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