The initiative is the brainchild of Hospice Management Committee member Ray Pern, Administration and Fundraising Manager Mark Munro and their small team of volunteers. Ray said, “The loss of a key fundraiser, Toowoomba Camellia Show, was a bitter blow to our annual budget and we needed to replace it with an event which was quirky and one which could involve a large number of supporters and friends.
“HOOF IT will comprise many business/family/club 10-person teams taking on the challenge of walking/jogging/running around the adjacent O’Quinn Park for four hours – the winner will be the team which raises the most amount of tax-deductible donations for the hospice.”
The six-bed facility for the terminally ill was opened on July 1, 2003 and has since provided care and comfort for some 1,600 clients. Annual operating cost is $1.8million of which the Queensland Government provides $860,000, health funds $280,000 and the Buddhist Community $120,000 leaving a shortfall of $540,000 which comes from small donations and events such as the HOOF IT.
Volunteer Greg Johnson said, “I was thrilled when Mark and Ray asked me and other volunteers to lend a hand with HOOF IT. “We derived so much pleasure from presenting the Camellia Show and honouring its founders Sister Frances Flint and Joan Falvey, it was sad to see it go but everything has an end.’
“HOOF IT provides us with the opportunity to stage an event right across the road from the hospice and one which enables the community to come together, get fit and raise valuable funds for our beloved Toowoomba Hospice.”
HOOF IT will be staged from 10.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday, July 17. Teams are invited to register at https://www.toowoombahospice.org.au/hoof-it-registration – there is no registration fee.
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