Local running groups, the Sunshine Coast Hash House Harriers and the Noosa Hash House Harriers, are doing their bit to raise funds and support Bloomhill Cancer Help during their Blitz Week by running the streets of Coolum in red dresses.
The group will begin at 6pm, Monday 9th August and will run a 4 to 5km loop of Coolum’s streets with the start and finish point at the Coolum Beach Hotel who is generously providing a free meal to the whole group after the event. Each runner is contributing $10 to support the charity and will also be selling raffle tickets and collecting donations after the run in the Coolum Beach Hotel Beer Garden with all proceeds going towards supporting Bloomhill.
“We are just an ordinary running group who wants to do something for a local charity that is constantly giving to others,” Sunshine Coast Hash Harriers chapter member, Charlie said.
Bloomhill Cancer Help is a Sunshine Coast based charity and provides support and assistance to those affected by cancer. Operated by a team of dedicated staff and hundreds of volunteers, Bloomhill offers counselling, transport to appointments, respite care and a range of complimentary therapies and other services.
“The decision to support the Bloomhill came after a dear friend of mine, Leanne Franks, passed away from cancer a few years ago,” Charlie said. “Bloomhill was fantastic and supported her through the entire process”.
“The services we provide at Bloomhill are only made possible by the kind-hearted support we receive from the local community and businesses,” Bloomhill Cancer Help President, Jenny Carroll said.
The run is just one of the activities during Bloomhill’s Blitz Week to be held from the 8th to 13th August. The week aims to raise generate awareness and raise much needed funds for the charity to help it to continue to provide its valuable services to people with cancer and their families throughout the Sunshine Coast region.
The week begins on Sunday with the inaugural Bloomhill Support Walk where the public can register to walk, run or jog the 2.5km from La Balsa Park on Harbour Parade to beside Kawana Surf Club. Other Blitz Week activities include the Bloomhill Open Day on Monday, Collection Day on Tuesday, Volunteer Day on Wednesday and Blitz Day on Thursday where Bloomhill will receive an exterior makeover from Adenbrook Homes. Friday will conclude Blitz week with the launch of Target 300, a new major fundraising campaign that aims to raise $300,000 to fund the much-needed extension to the Bloomhill premises.
“Everyone is welcome to come down to the Coolum Beach Hotel and share a celebratory drink after the run,” Charlie said.
The Hash House Harriers are an international group that originally started around WWII and the Sunshine Coast chapter has been running together for the last 30 years.
“The group started from the idea to combine socialising and exercise. We run every Monday night at 6pm and always have lots of fun,” Charlie said.
If you are interested in becoming a member of a Hash House Harriers chapter in your area please visit the website www.sch3.org.
To find out more about Bloomhill Blitz Week visit www.bloomhill.com.au or visit an Op Shop to pick up an information flyer.