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6 November, 2020

Mareeba Hospital goes pink for breast cancer

STAFF at the Mareeba Hospital held a fundraising event on Tuesday, October 27 to end their month of fundraising for Breast Cancer Awareness

By Rhys Thomas

SUPPORT: Mareeba Community Health Child and Family Health Nurse Jo Kell with Director of Nursing and Facility Manager Ross Clarksmith at their Breast Cancer Awareness Month fundraising event on Tuesday, October 27.

STAFF at the Mareeba Hospital held a fundraising event on Tuesday, October 27 to end their month of fundraising for Breast Cancer Awareness. 

During the month of October, Mareeba Hospital staff engaged in fundraising activities like money boards and raffles to raise money for the McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurses. 

McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurses are exactly what they sound like, nurses that specialise in breast cancer treatment; they also provide support for the patient and their family during treatment. 

In 2020 alone it is estimated that 53 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia every day, the money raised by the Mareeba Hospital will help put McGrath Breast Care Nurses wherever they are needed around Australia. 

Mareeba Community Health Child and Family Health Nurse and organiser of the event Jo Kell said that this is not only a way to raise money for a good cause, but a way to boost staff morale.

“Today is an accumulation of all the hard work that everyone does throughout the hospital and we have been fundraising for the McGrath Breast Care Nurses,” she said. 

“We wanted to raise money again this year also as a way to improve staff morale, we have worked really hard. 

“The staff are a really good bunch they always come out and support fundraising events like this.” 

Over $1,400 was raised over the month blowing past the initial goal of only $500 which was a welcome surprise to Mrs Kell. 

“My aim was $500 and we have far exceeded that so the Mareeba community and the hospital have really come out and supported it which was great,” she said.

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