Building a better future

14/07/2016

RACHEL and James Fennell might be in the building industry, but this week they helped build a better future for cancer patients in the Far North.
The couple, owners of Urban Properties, handed over a cheque for $20,000 to the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation, with a further cheque of $5000 on its way from Ben Johnston from The Property Shop.
The funds are the end result of their initiative, the Millhouse Estate No-Reserve Charity Auction, held in May, with a percentage of proceeds donated towards men's cancers in the Far North.
Foundation CEO Tony Franz said the funds have been earmarked for men's cancers which may lead to the purchase of a prostate-scanning device attached to the PET-CT scanner.
“We've been blown away by this event and the generosity of the people involved who really are passionate about health care in this region,” Mr Franz said. “They know that their donation goes directly to its intended purpose and that it will make a real difference in people's lives,” he said.
The Fennells' own lives have been directly touched by cancer, with Mr Fennell told five years ago, he had just 90 days to live as he was diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer.
Successful treatment means he is alive to see his four children growing as well as celebrate his 15th wedding anniversary – ironically on the day he wrote out the cheque to the Foundation.
Property Shop sales and marketing director Ben Johnston said in addition, he would donate his $5000 commission from the transaction. “We are thrilled with how well this unique event turned out for the new owner of the block, who works within the health system, and the Foundation and the patients and staff it supports,” Mr Johnston said. “We are all touched by cancer in some way through people we care about and we feel it's important to be part of helping our community.

Photo: Property Shop auctioneer Lance Edwards, Property Shop sales and marketing director Ben Johnston, Rachel Fennell, James Fennell and Foundation CEO Tony Franz.

 

Back to all news

All news stories

6/10/2017Generous community gives back
4/10/2017Ride brings goal closer
14/09/2017Sea of jerseys floods highways
13/09/2017Cardiac's deadly new cyclists
12/09/2017Moroccan vegetarian tagine
11/09/2017'Plumbing' puts paid to ride
2/09/2017Foreign students tackle Challenge
29/08/2017Father and son lucky to be alive
24/08/2017Lions step in to help
21/08/2017Help build a second cardiac lab
16/08/2017Couple's lasting gifts
14/08/2017What are the odds?
7/08/2017$60,000 raised on motorbike event
3/08/2017Tony's intent on giving back
31/07/2017Thanks for special blankets
27/07/2017Smile helps sick kids
25/07/2017Loss motivates family
18/07/2017Power-ful boost for volunteers
11/07/2017Memory lives on in Mossman
6/07/2017Fix hearts in Far North Queensland
4/07/2017Beef & Pasta Ragout
23/06/2017Booze free for a good cause
7/06/2017Revved up to raise funds
2/06/2017Coffee helps buy equipment
1/06/2017Donation a generous gift
31/05/2017Cardiac 'has spirit of its own'
29/05/2017Campaign makes a difference
18/05/2017Pallet fundraiser saves lives
11/05/2017Pioneering cyclists raise funds
28/04/2017All aboard for charity ride
21/04/2017FNQ ride a great fundraiser
9/04/2017FNQ charity seeks board members
6/04/2017Fridges latest generous donation
5/04/2017Cafes underpin success
5/04/2017Cyclists save many lives
22/03/2017Happy birthday to us!
17/03/2017Jet skiers help cancer patients
8/03/2017ALL things pregnancy and baby
2/03/2017Jamaican jerk chicken
21/02/2017Tribute paid to volunteers
20/02/2017Riding the roads less travelled
13/02/2017Home town treatment now offered
3/02/2017Grandad gives jetski to family
31/01/2017Volunteers thanked for hard work
24/01/2017Jim's reason to ride
18/01/2017Garlic Parmesan Roasted Prawns
16/01/2017Jet skiing for a good cause
11/01/2017Event ticks all the boxes
6/01/2017Dry July saves lives
29/12/2016Water adventures for a good cause
21/12/2016One in 7 billion boy
20/12/2016Patients benefit from fundraiser
15/12/2016VIP charity sale
14/12/2016Empathy stems from childhood
9/12/2016Wrap donation to a worthy cause
1/12/2016Santa's early Cairns visit
29/11/2016Improving health outcomes
29/11/2016Thelma's an inspiration
29/11/2016Rapt in fundraising
29/11/2016Basket case like no other
29/11/2016Grateful recipients
29/11/2016Jump on a jetski
18/11/2016Melbourne Cup FUN-draising
16/11/2016Gifts in wills
16/11/2016Thank you
16/11/2016Cardiac conquered
4/11/2016Italian Panzanella Salad
30/10/2016Pallets aid Cairns cancer cause
28/10/2016Realising the power of pallets
20/10/2016Cairns' Game of Thrones link
13/10/2016Cairns businesses support charity
7/10/2016She's all about recycling
4/10/2016Medics to the rescue
15/09/2016Every pedal saves lives
15/09/2016New heart gives new life
8/09/2016Simba helps cardiac patient
7/09/2016Yummy eggplant recipe
5/09/2016Hardware team rises to challenge
31/08/2016Recycling ticks all boxes
24/08/2016Cairns' Spencer Trifecta
27/07/2016Big man has big heart
27/07/2016Cairns link to bike win
14/07/2016Jasmyne's a heart hero
14/07/2016Building a better future
23/06/2016Don't be a hero - get checked
22/06/2016Harley prize stuns winner
15/06/2016If you go into the woods ...
15/06/2016Cairns couple's weekend away
9/06/2016Top surgery technology for Cairns
6/06/2016Chain gang for Cairns premmies
17/05/2016New drill is latest technology
14/05/2016Big outcome for big auction
13/05/2016Big excitement for big cause
11/05/2016Muster all in the family
6/05/2016Big reason to give
29/04/2016Big cause has big aims
22/04/2016Big blocks, big life, big cause
15/04/2016Trish is "doing her bit"
8/04/2016Loss inspires fundraising
31/03/2016Personal motive for ride