Bloomhill breakfast to celebrate its volunteers

Bloomhill Cancer Help will hold its annual Volunteers Breakfast on Saturday, 29 June to acknowledge the contributions of its hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

Bloomhill Volunteer Coordinator, Alex Bert said the breakfast was a regular event on the Bloomhill calendar and was a great way to show appreciation and recognise the selfless efforts of more than 500 volunteers.

“We will be presenting certificates to 35 volunteers for their five and ten years of ongoing service and support,” Alex said. “Some of our volunteers have been with the charity since it first opened in 1997,” Alex said.

The gourmet breakfast will be held at Bloomhill Cancer Help Centre, 58 Ballinger Road from 8am and will be followed by a ceremony led by Bloomhill’s Manager of Volunteer Services Alexsandra Bert who will present the certificates and offer thanks to all the volunteers on behalf of the Management Committee, staff and clients.

The recipients of the certificates for five years of service include: Len Bidstrup, Judith Bidstrup, Margaret Coldbreath, Gordon MacNamara, Michelle Smytheman, Mary Tidey, Val Ward, Diane Genrich, Ann Kendall, Georgina Smethills, Margaret Dowzer, Jan Harper, Lynn Hutley, Margaret Peberdy, Nev Dutney, Susan Embrey, Teresa Stark, Julie Amiet, Carolyn Bampton, Jim Haslam, Margaret Jennings, Dorothy Robinson-Mackay, Alison Staines, Siti Cover.

The recipients of the certificates for ten years of service include: Paul Donaldson, Kaye Kent, Carol Camilleri, Jan Masman, Rob Matchett, Di Morton, Lis Piper, Bette Solonsch, Shirley Linney Barber, Joanne Eriksen, Val Honeywell, Jan Harper, Joan Vincent.

In 2013 alone, the volunteers contributed more than 35,510 hours of service and had driven more than 63,924 km in support of those affected by cancer on the Sunshine Coast.

“Bloomhill has now over 900 clients, and growing, so we are always on the look out for more volunteers,” Alex said.

“Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and can be really rewarding, knowing you have made a difference in the lives of others,” Alex said.

Bloomhill would like to acknowledge the donors, who will make the volunteer breakfast possible. Donations have come from: Garry Crick Auto Group, Fenwick’s Fruit Emporium and Bakers Delight on Buderim.

If you are interested in becoming a Bloomhill volunteer, please phone Alex at the Centre on 07 5445 5794 or for more information visit

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