Buderim FondationNorm and Ellen de Chastel

Buderim couple set a splendid example of giving back to the community

While everyone has been dealing with a world that seems to have been turned upside down, something quite special has happened in our community that is sure to gladden the hearts of many.

Long term Buderim residents Norm and Ellen deChastel who last year celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary have quietly made a donation of $100,000 to the Buderim Foundation, adding significantly to its funds held in trust and therefore its capacity to build a stronger community through its annual grant allocations.

Buderim Fondation Norm and Ellen de Chastel

In announcing this outstanding philanthropic gesture, Foundation Chair Prof. Russell Stitz said “For 13 years, the deChastels have been in what we would class the major annual donor category, but this latest contribution to the Buderim Foundation catapults them into the exceptional category. In previous years, they have asked for their donations to remain anonymous, but this year they have been prepared to relax this requirement in the hope that it may inspire others to follow.

Supplier puts up cash to support Bloomhill

One of the major suppliers of the new Bloomhill Centre extension has furthered their contribution, donating $5,000 to the Buderim-based charity.

Sunshine Coast Mitre 10 was responsible for the supply of timber, fixings, cladding and doors for the new extension and was eager to show its ongoing support for the worthwhile charity organisation.

Mitre 10 Group Trade Manager, Adrian McCormick said Mitre 10 Sunshine Coast were large supporters of new constructions and had a strong community orientation and commitment.

Bloomhill’s new General Manager, Mervat Thompson accepted the donation on behalf of Bloomhill and said the charity was really appreciative of support.

“Bloomhill relies on the support we receive from local businesses and the community and we hope to continue out relationship with Mitre 10 and Accord Homes,” Mervat said.

“In fact, we have plans to work together again to renovate the older section of the Centre in the near future,” Mervat said.

Bloomhill Cancer Help is a local charity that provides support and assistance to those affected by cancer. Operated by a team of dedicated professional staff and hundreds of volunteers, Bloomhill offers counselling, transport to appointments, respite care and a range of complementary therapies and other practical help.

Accord Homes, builders of the extension and long-time supporters of Bloomhill, coordinated the donation with Mitre 10, having worked with the company for many years, including on other charity projects.

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