GREAT START: Rotary Club of Toowoomba East president Roger Klaassen gets a first look at Toowoomba Hospice's proposed new carpeting with administration and fundraising manager Mark Munro and chairman Graham Barron OAM, who accepted the club's $7500 donation to the cause.
GREAT START: Rotary Club of Toowoomba East president Roger Klaassen gets a first look at Toowoomba Hospice's proposed new carpeting with administration and fundraising manager Mark Munro and chairman Graham Barron OAM, who accepted the club's $7500 donation to the cause.

Just $16 will help roll out the carpet at the hospice

TOOWOOMBA Hospice's Roll Out the Carpet fundraiser celebrates the palliative care facility's 16th birthday with hopes of raising $30,000 to re-carpet the property.

A donation of $7500 by the Rotary Club of Toowoomba East from its annual charity golf day, and a further $1000 community donation just days after the fundraiser began have given it a great start.

But now it's time for residents to do what they always have and again support the hospice by donating as little as $16 for its 16th birthday.

Without the public's support, the hospice wouldn't exist, with more than 50 per cent of its $1.7million budget coming from the comm- unity, administration, fundraising manager Mark Munro said.

Since it began it has given free palliative and respite care to more than 1400 clients and their families.

Last year's birthday fundraiser topped its $15,000 goal and while this year's objective is twice that, Mark said they remained hopeful of reaching the target by the end of August.

"We know it's tough out there for everyone, but we really hope people will get behind this latest fundraiser," he said.

This year's Hang the Boss Out to Dry fundraiser raised $33,000, compared to last year's record $52,000.

The most successful fundraiser from that event will be announced in mid-August.

Then it's time for more fun with the Toowoomba Hospice Race Day on Saturday, September 7 to raise funds for the hospice.

Tickets include entry to the races, complimentary nibbles, dinner, dessert, tea and coffee, and there are prizes for best dressed and best hat, as well as raffles and an auction.

Info/donations: toowoombahospice.org.au or phone 4659 8500.


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