Cancer council fundraising started after my sister Leeanne Dabuger was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 26, she held the first ABMT in her back yard and raised a total of $400, sadly Leeanne passed away at the age of 33 leaving behind 3 small children and her husband. In honour of Leeanne, Maree and her Mum Joyce continued the ABMT, Daffodil day and Pink Ribbon day for the next 24 years raising a over $214000.00 for cancer research.
Maree quotes "Cancer has affected every single person in this town, every person has somehow been affected and I think we all want to the same thing; we want to find a cure for this horrific disease, we do not want to see anyone loved one suffer from this disease."
“Our small remote community is absolutely incredible when it comes to fundraising especially for Cancer, our town gathers together as one and everyone contributes towards the event, from volunteers, donating cakes, slices, groceries, tables, chairs, absolutely everything is kindly donated for every event that we have done and without their generosity we would not have been able to be so successful. Bourke is a unique caring kind place and I am proud to live in such a wonderful generous community.”
Apart from regular fundraising each year for ABMT, Daffodil day and Pink Ribbon day there were some very special moments and events.....
Maree was awarded citizen of the year in 2010 for outstanding community support and fundraising efforts with her Mum Joyce.
PINK Party 2009 this was an amazing fundraiser, everyone dressed in pink, we had an amazing auction with incredible prizes to be won. Once again everything was kindly donated on the night.
This event was very empowering seeing everyone dressed in PINK and supporting this event was breath taking, one of the best events I have ever be part of. After the auction we had a very special dress up parade, on each table was a box full of PINK bits and pieces from feathers, foil, streamers, balloons and more. In 30 min each table had to design an outfit and then parade it in front of 4 incredible flamboyant judges on the cat work. This night was so amazing the atmosphere was incredible, to see everyone contributing and laughing having fun for such an important event was beautiful….. all funds raised on this night went to Pink Ribbon Day towards finding a cure for cancer.
In 2010 we designed a Bourke “Buff enough to wear PINK Calendar”. Local men were brave enough to bare themselves and to promote cancer by wearing PINK and by doing a photo shoot for this amazing Calendar. Once again everything was kindly donated, the men as volunteers, photography, the graphic designer and the printing. All funds raised went towards the local Palliative Care unit to refurbish the rooms, to make it more relaxing and homelike for the patients and their families. We purchased everything from Bourke to support local business from lounges, TV and outdoor furniture. This was a very special fundraiser and we plan to do another calendar for 2020.
A day of hope was an incredible fundraiser for our local Cancer patients raising over $11000 on the 8th of November 2012!
Around 120 people gathered at Carrington Gardens to browse local and regional stores followed by an amazing auction, in which all items were donated. After the auction we had a fashion parade in the beautiful gardens of Mr Robert and Melba Stutsel.
This event was a dream come true to have such a beautiful event for a well worthy cause.
The Blue Robinson Foundation Cancer Network was set up by a very generous family member of the Robinson family. The person has requested to remain anonymous. Each year they make a contribution to the fund to support local people within the Bourke Local Government area attend and makes payments and treatment of cancer.
A committee of volunteers was set up to develop an agreement in consultation with the Robinson family and Bourke Shire Council currently auspice the funding and makes payments to clients as required.
The committee is made up of dedicated community members including but not limited to Nurses, Cancer Council representatives and Finance professionals.
The funding applications remain confidential with only two committee members aware of the funding applications and payments.
We have helped a number of residents with treatment, travel and accommodation since the establishment of the fund and committee. This has assisted with their financial concerns and also the metal health of clients.