All pushing in the same direction
A quirky fundraiser for cancer
IT’S a tradition which has been going on for more than 25 years in Dalby, but the novelty is still far from wearing off.
The annual bed push, in aid of the Cancer Council, has been a great source of fundraising for the charity and this year the event saw a special visitor help out.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan was grateful to be able to take part in a significant event for the Dalby branch on Saturday.
“It’s the first time I’ve come out for it,” Ms McMillan said. “I couldn’t get here last year so I made sure I was going to be here this year.
“It’s amazing, the camaraderie of the group that pull it together is great.
“If you look at how long they’ve been involved with Cancer Council and the novelty of the way they go about doing it is just awesome.
“They’re so excited about it, there’s a couple of troopers that are there who are a bit unwell but they’ve still showed up.”
Ms McMillan said the more quirky or unique a fundraising initiative was, the more likely it would be a success.
“It’s the only bed push in Queensland and it’s been around for a long time,” she said.
“I think fundraising is all about doing something different. All causes are great causes so it’s hard to compete out there for the charity dollar.
“But doing something unique and a bit of a novelty helps spread the message and the brand of Cancer Council.
“One town decided to bring their dogs along for the Relay for Life so it’s now called Bark for Life.”
Ms MacMillan said it was also important to put your own spin on the event and make it relevant to the region and to the people you were among.
As for Cancer Council Queensland, the head honcho said 2018 had been a year of getting back in touch with its roots.
“It’s gone really well so far, we did a lot of hard work in getting things set up at the back end of last year,” she said. “We have put a big focus on assisting our volunteers to do things.
“Year on year we are able to do more, but we can only do that through the support of the community and volunteers are key to that.” ■ For more information on the Cancer Council visit www.cancer.org.au.
ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: The Dalby Cancer Council held its annual 'Bed Push' on Saturday. The group push a bed along the main street of town to raise money.