Two big events with hospice at heart
IT doesn't matter what your age or which team you back, everyone supports the Toowoomba Hospice.
That was clearly shown by two recent events, the Toowoomba Rangers Rugby Union Club Ladies' Day, which raised $5000 for the hospice's Adopt a Room campaign, and the Drayton Villas Retirement Village annual morning tea and bring-and-buy fundraiser, which raised
$3000 to be split between the hospice and Olive McMahon Lodge.
The community-based hospice provides respite and free palliative care for the terminally ill, while the lodge, operated by the Cancer Council, provides accommodation for those undergoing outpatient cancer treatment.
Drayton resident and event organiser Alvia Rogers said the village event's success was a united effort.
"We sold handicrafts, jams, pickles, knitted and crocheted items, and much more - all made by residents," Alvia said.
"We also ran a raffle and lucky door, all with donated prizes. We've got some very, very generous people here at Drayton."
The Rangers' Ladies' Day organiser Teagan Killen said the club's annual event was a chance for wives, girlfriends, partners, mothers, grandmothers and any other female supporters to enjoy good, drinks and "watching the guys tough it out on the field".
"We rely on the support of our entire community whether it is community groups/clubs, businesses, companies or individuals - we need their help," said a grateful Toowoomba Hospice Administration and fundraising manager, Mark Munro.
The Rangers choose a charity each year to receive the funds raised, and decided on the hospice this year as a recognition of the care and compassion given to long-time club supporter Rob (Robbo) Armstrong, who passed away at the Hospice earlier this year.
A special game day jersey-auctioned off after the game-was designed for the A-grade team, with the hospice butterfly on the front and back.