SPRINGSURE LADIES CANCER LUNCHEON: Doves set free at the luncheon.
SPRINGSURE LADIES CANCER LUNCHEON: Doves set free at the luncheon. Jessica Dorey

Record crowd fighting cancer

CELEBRATING 10 years of fundraising, the Springsure Cancer Committee hosted its largest event to date.

Co-founder Janine Noffke said nearly 150 women from all around the region were at the luncheon this year.

"The support has been unbelievable,” she said.

Since the founding year the committee has raised $65,000.

Tessa Lane, Alleira Stace-McInerney, Denise Stevenson, Jamie-Lee Lane and Kate Doust.
Tessa Lane, Alleira Stace-McInerney, Denise Stevenson, Jamie-Lee Lane and Kate Doust. Jessica Dorey

Janine and her sister Judy Nixon started the fundraising event after their mother passed away with kidney cancer.

"We were so grateful to the Cancer Council and the help we received during mum's illness that we decided to start a fundraiser in Springsure,” Judy said.

The focus of this year's event was keeping funds raised in the community.

"This year we've seen a huge increase in the amount of families in our area affected by cancer so this year we are raising funds so that we can help them directly,” Janine said.

While some money will be donated the majority of the funds will stay within the community. It will be dispersed to those in need to help with day-to-day expenses.

"The aim is to ease the burden of travel costs and other things that add up when a member of the family is fighting cancer,” Janine said.

"Living in Central Queensland and travelling to Brisbane for treatment is costly in itself. These funds will be able to take some of the financial pressure off, so the family can focus on what's really important at a time like this.”

Over the years, the luncheon has gone from strength to strength with nearly every business in the community supporting the event.

"Business donate whatever they can including prizes and gift vouchers for the raffle,” Janine said.

The beautiful luncheon is not only an event for fundraising but a time when women in the local community can band together to remember their loved ones, support each other and have a wonderful day.

It's this perfect mix of elements which makes this event special and dear to everyone in the community.

SPRINGSURE LADIES CANCER LUNCHEON: Bev Donohoe, Janine Noffke and Judy Nixon.
SPRINGSURE LADIES CANCER LUNCHEON: Bev Donohoe, Janine Noffke and Judy Nixon. Jessica Dorey

Breast cancer survivor and committee member, Bev Donohoe says the event is a way that she can give back to the community and organisation that helped her.

"When you are battling cancer, every lit bit of support helps,” Bev said.

"This luncheon is a way for us to give back and support our community.”


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