USC students off and racing to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland

the girlsA trio of University of the Sunshine Coast public relations students aim to raise $10,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland (CFQ) at the Ladies Oakes Day at Corbould Park on Friday 28 May.

The three students, Karis Howard, Marlise O’Sullivan and Samantha Steele, with group mentor Michelle Smytheman, from Reflected Image PRoductions, hope to use the day to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Sunshine Coast branch of CFQ.  It was nominated by Hot 91 as the official beneficiary of the day. Two dollars from every entry ticket sold will be donated.

The students have been working since February to plan events for the day including a monster raffle and merchandise stand, which will include CFQ products.

Karis Howard said she was excited to put theory from her degree into practice, particularly when it is for such a worthy cause.

Marlise O’Sullivan believes the work the team is doing throughout the subject is going to give them edge when they enter the workforce.

“This PR subject gives you great practical experience because we get to organise a major fundraiser at an event like Ladies Oaks Day,” said Miss O’Sullivan.

Cystic Fibrosis is a condition that affects the lungs and digestive system of sufferers. At this time there is no cure for the condition.  Funds raised for CFQ contribute to research of Cystic Fibrosis which helps find new treatments and aims to find a cure.

CFQ provides support to people with Cystic Fibrosis and their families which include medical equipment, counselling, accommodation and education.

Already the students have held a warm up sausage sizzle at the University of the Sunshien Coast Uni Club on Wednesday 12 May where sausages were sold for a gold coin donation, thanks to the support of Mick’s Meat Barn.  Funds raised from this warm-up event will contribute to the students’ $10,000 goal and help recruit volunteers for Ladies Oaks Day activities.

A Facebook page “Reflected Image Roses generating awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland” has also  been established to help raise awareness of the organisation and promote CFQ’s presence at Ladies Oaks Day.

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