MANY hands make light work and that was certainly the case for the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation’s annual Christmas wrap last month.
Foundation fundraising and marketing manager Glenys Duncombe said 130 volunteers wrapped to their hearts content, filling 429 shifts and working about 1716 hours.
The Foundation received $21,062.30 through shoppers having their gifts wrapped for a gold coin donation per gift.
More than 135 volunteers, spent 1624 hours, over 406 shifts, wrapping more than 10,000 gifts during the Christmas season at Cairns Central.
Cairns Central centre manager Christie-Lee Jackson said it was delightful that Cairns shoppers again supported their local charity. “We know these lovely volunteers were very busy throughout the month, and this is our little way of thanking them for their hard work,” she said.
To thank the volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the health services of the Far North, Cairns Central hosted a morning tea at Coffee Club on Wednesday, January 31.
Ms Duncombe said funds raised from this year’s Christmas Wrap, would go directly towards the second cardiac catheter laboratory at Cairns Hospital.
“Every cent we receive through donations stays local and every cent goes to its intended cause because all our administrative costs are covered by our commercial operations,” Ms Duncombe said.
“Since the Foundation’s inception 20 years ago, we have now contributed more than $15 million to improving health care in the Far North, and events such as this really do make a difference to patient outcomes,” Ms Duncombe said.
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