Bloomhill event a gastronomic wonder

IMG_3176Bloomhill Cancer Help celebrated another successful fundraising event on Wednesday, 1 June with the ‘Gastronomic Wander’ raising much-needed funds for the charity.

The event saw 70 guests dine at three of Mooloolaba’s finest restaurants, 4th Floor, Via Italia and Hot Pipis in progressive-dinner style and raised more than $2,400 for the local charity.

Bloomhill President, Jenny Carroll said it was a fantastic night with great people and fabulous food.

“I am very pleased with the results and all the money raised will go towards the refurbishment of our new extension at the Bloomhill Centre in Buderim,” Jenny said.

Jenny Carroll also made a very special announcement at the event, sharing that Bloomhill had been selected to receive a $500,000 sponsorship grant from the government.

“We are so excited about the grant because it means that our extension will hopefully be started by the end of this year,” Jenny said.

Bloomhill Cancer Centre is a Buderim based charity that provides support and assistance to those living with cancer. Operated by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers, Bloomhill offers counselling, transport to appointments, respite care and a range of other complementary therapies.

The event was organised by three Public Relations students from the University of the Sunshine Coast alongside mentor Michelle Smytheman, University Lecturer and Co-owner of public relations firm, Reflected Image PRoductions.

Michelle said the evening was not only a huge success for the charity but also provided invaluable experience for the students.

“It’s was a great way to put their degrees into motion through real life experiences,” Michelle said.

Students Johanna Staffas, Elodie Obkircher-Vela and Liberty Moore planned the event as a part of their ‘Event Planning’ course, which provides public relations students the opportunity to draw on their studies and apply their skills in a real-life environment.

“The event was a great way to test our skills and work in a team environment,” Elodie said.

“It was a very rewarding experience and a lot of fun,” Elodie said.

Photo: Student organisers and University of the Sunshine Coast PR students, Elodie Obkircher-Vela (left), Johanna Staffas (middle) and Liberty Moore (right)

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