Redlands Cancer Council branch continues winning streak in Queensland fundraising challenge

THE Redlands Cancer Council Volunteer Branch has once again topped the leaderboard in a state-wide fundraising challenge.

TOP FUNDRAISERS: Head of Cancer Council Queenlsand Chris McMillan (middle) with Redlands Volunteer Branch members Tish Henderson and Jill Watson.

TOP FUNDRAISERS: Head of Cancer Council Queenlsand Chris McMillan (middle) with Redlands Volunteer Branch members Tish Henderson and Jill Watson.

The group took out the title for the highest fundraising branch, having raised nearly $130,000 in one year. They were also named the highest overall fundraiser for the third year running.

"This is only possible because of the commitment by our wonderful hardworking and dedicated volunteers and of course the support of the Redlands community," a spokesperson said.

"We do what we do to help make a difference in the lives of the 27,000 Queenslanders who will be diagnosed this year. If our efforts can help toward research to find a cure, then we are humbled that we have been able to play a small part in the result."

The branch, which had two members celebrate 25 years of volunteering service, took part in all fundraising events in the region, as well as hosting their own Do It for Cancer stalls at community events.

"Every year we participate in many of Cancer Council Queensland's campaigns like Australia's Biggest Morning Teas, Relay for Life, Daffodil Day, Walk for Women's Cancers ... as well as Bunnings barbecues and cake stalls, themed morning teas, lunches and evening events," the spokesperson said.

"Our ladies are out and about at all the major shopping centres and at other organized market days, selling all their handmade goodies."

The branch was awarded naming rights to a Cancer Council Queensland research grant.

The CancerFREE Challenge runs for a year and sees participants working towards a goal of raising $10,000 during the year.

In 2019, more than $670,000 was raised throughout the challenge.

Head of Cancer Council Queensland Chris McMillan said the commitment of the challenge participants was inspirational.

"These fundraisers are making a big difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer, through raising vital funds for cancer research, prevention programs, and support services," Ms McMillan said.

"Their dedication is something to be admired, and we are extremely grateful for their devotion to supporting the 29,000 Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer each year."

The Redlands branch will host a celebration outside Cleveland Library on March 1.