AVEO Cleveland’s residents, staff and community have rallied together to raise more than $10,000 for the PA Research Foundation’s Project Pink campaign.
The Cleveland Aveo community was one of more than 90 nationwide that raised money for the campaign during October.
Their efforts at raising more than $10,116 saw Aveo Cleveland crowned Australia’s top Project Pink fundraising community this year.
Residents were thanked for the efforts at a morning tea on Monday, November 26.
A cheque was presented during the event to PA Research Foundation chief executive officer Damian Topp.
Aveo Cleveland community manager Tracey Lloyd said she was was blown away by the level of support from the tight-knit community.
“It is a privilege to be part of such an amazing cause and actually make a difference, it’s not every day you get that opportunity,” Ms Lloyd said.
“Our residents thoroughly enjoyed getting involved and organising all the activities and it was heartfelt as many have lost a loved one through cancer.
“Fundraising for Project Pink is a way of honouring their memory,”
The funds raised by Aveo Cleveland are helping to support life-saving breast cancer research at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital Campus.
Aveo-supported researcher Fiona Simpson was at the morning tea to thank the community for supporting her research which is in the final stages of a world-first clinical trial.
Dr Simpson’s research team is trialling a new combination therapy with advanced stage triple negative breast cancer, head and neck cancer and adenoid cystic carcinoma patients.
Mr Topp said the fundraising efforts of Aveo Cleveland were helping to pave the way for new life-saving breast cancer research projects.
“Breast cancer affects one in eight Australian women and more than 3000 families will lose a loved one every year because of this disease,” Mr Topp said.
“The only way to lower these statistics is through funding research into early diagnosis and new treatment options to improve patient outcomes.
“Thanks to the support from Aveo, the PA Research Foundation are able to continue to fund Dr Simpson’s lab’s research as well as some exciting new projects at the PA Hospital.”
Funds raised during this year’s Project Pink campaign were matched by Aveo. The three-year collective amount raised is expected to top $700,000 once the final tallies are in this year.
For information, visit projectpink.org.au