VITAL FUNDS: Gina Mace with daughter Heidi and Hayley Wildman and son Archie enjoying afternoon tea at Riversands Winery
VITAL FUNDS: Gina Mace with daughter Heidi and Hayley Wildman and son Archie enjoying afternoon tea at Riversands Winery Contributed

Women rally in support of BreastScreen service

AN afternoon tea for 55women was held at the Riversands Winery in StGeorge last week to raise funds to purchase 3D ultrasound equipment for the BreastScreen mobile service.

The van allows regional women to stay local and utilise the BreastScreen service in southwest Queensland, delivering vital services to those who need it most.

The event was a partnership between Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and Suncorp and featured a two-day road trip to Goondiwindi, StGeorge, Miles and Dalby.

Guest speaker Julia Telford shared her own recent battle with breast cancer as her mother was in surgery at the Wesley Hospital to undergo a mastectomy to begin breast cancer treatment.

Julia said it was her place to be speaking and fundraising for people like her mother undergoing cancer treatment.

"My hope is that from awareness that comes from events like this that happen in our communities, we can rally to fundraise and support people,” she said.

"We really want to make it OK to be brutally honest about how horrible breast cancer really is.

"Communities where women are extraordinary mothers, friends, volunteers, they need to know that they will get support and care if, or when, they need it.

"It's great that Suncorp are partnering with the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation to raise funds that will directly support women like us in our community, and a van that has supported women here today.”

Local Suncorp agribusiness manager Sarah Mace organised the St George afternoon tea and said she was overwhelmed with the support and generosity of the community.

The funds raised from the event will be matched through Suncorp's Match Giving initiative, with the company matching each branch's efforts dollar for dollar up to the first $2500.

From this road trip about $30,000 will be raised.


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