The Power of Pallets charity fundraiser ticks all the boxes for the Durie family.
Brothers Chris and Jamie Durie are both taking part in the pallet recycling charity auction because of its core values.
“It's about recycling and making beautiful things and the end result goes to a great cause so the whole thing works for us,” Cairns-based Chris said this week.
It didn't take much for him to talk his landscape guru brother Jamie into taking part, after witnessing the event first-hand himself last year.
“I've spent some time in the Cairns Hospital over the past few years and the Hospital Foundation has helped me out. I had a fairly extensive back injury, but I'm still upright, so I'm lucky,” Chris said.
“I'm hoping to make a few items for this year's charity auction on October 29 and I'm really excited Jamie's coming up for the weekend because I know he's going to love it,” he said.
The Power of Pallets instigator Kate Fern said she was thrilled to have the brothers on board.
“We've also got some really great sponsors this year – some who loved it so much last year they have signed up again and others who are new to the event this year but recognise its overall value to the community,” Ms Fern said.
Since inception in 2014, the event has raised more than $34,000 for the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation and Ms Fern hopes to increase that figure this year.
“These funds have gone towards some of our major projects such as our Paediatric Playground and the new Brainlab orthopaedic technology, so it really does make a difference to people in our community,” Foundation fundraising co-ordinator Nicole Gibson said.
“This community has some fabulously creative people out there and we think they're going to produce some amazing items,” Ms Fern said.
For further information, visit The Power of Pallets.
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