Bloomhill Cancer Help acknowledged more than 500 volunteers for their commitment and support of the Sunshine Coast based charity at their annual Volunteers Breakfast on Saturday, 28 July.
The breakfast was held at the new Bloomhill Therapy Centre, 58 Ballinger Road and saw certificates presented to 34 dedicated volunteers for their ongoing service to those living with cancer and their families.
Bloomhill Volunteers Coordinator, Alex Bert said the breakfast was a great way to show our appreciation and recognise the selfless efforts of volunteers who have contributed five, ten and 15 years of service.
“Our volunteers are the heart of Bloomhill, and without them we would not be able to help as many people as we do,” Alex said.
The gourmet breakfast began at 8am followed be a formal ceremony, where Bloomhill President, Jenny Carroll will presented the certificates and offered her thanks to all the volunteers on behalf of the Bloomhill Management Committee, staff and clients. Bloomhill patron and long-term supporter, Raelene Boyle was also in attendance to show her appreciation.
The recipients of the certificates for 5 years of service include: Lynette Starr, Roger Roache, Lola Currell, Margaret Dowzer, Ria Paridaen, Brian Stevenson, Joan Purcell, Bev Gunther, Jacqui Jackson, Pam Miller, Jennifer Schuster, Faye Burke, Gail Nixon, Eileen Cox, Jenny Carroll, Ray Crockett, Frank Gerhard, Paul Hueston, Matt Jaremczuk, Lynne Jordon, Cheryl Kitson, Gavin Litzow, Ian Morris, Wilma Parnell, Margaret Coldbreath.
The recipients of the certificates for ten years of service include: Patricia O’Connor, Margaret Perry, Norma Gates, June Appleton, Beryl Bugenhagen, Rosemary Clark, Ann Clemens, Judith Laws
Lyn Pfeiffer will receive the only certificate for 15 years of service.
In 2012 alone the volunteers contributed more than 33,721 hours of service and had driven more than 63,624 km in support of those affected by cancer.
“We are always on the look-out for more volunteers,” Alex said.
“Volunteering is great way to give back to the community and can be really rewarding, knowing you have made a difference in the lives of others,” Alex said.
Bloomhill would like to acknowledge the donors, who will make the volunteer breakfast possible. Donations have come from: Wayne Bell, Suncoast Foods, Garry Crick Auto Group, The Natural Food Store, Forest Glen and Bakers Delight on Buderim.