July 17, 2017

A focus on fundraising

Rainbow Committee’s movie night finds its pot of gold

The Rainbow Committee held a fundraising film night in early May and raised more than $12,000 to support Lung Foundation Australia’s Young Lungs program. This group of friends based in Melbourne has been fundraising for various charities for the last 30 years. Committee member, Mrs Ann Hyams, said, “Our Rainbow Committee is a volunteer fundraising group, aka ‘the Girls’, based in Melbourne. We meet throughout the year and because we have a wide network of friends, we always manage to attract up to 300 attendees to our movie nights”. Lung Foundation Australia was fortunate to be the recipient of this year’s fundraising event and thanks the Rainbow Committee for their outstanding support.

Bill’s Long Walk for Lungs launches this month

On 14 August, Bill Van Nierop, a spritely 64 year old from Brisbane, will start his Long Walk for Lungs – a 700 km walk over 15 days through central New South Wales. Bill is walking to raise awareness of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and has a goal to fundraise $100,000.

Bill who was diagnosed with IPF in March 2015, has been walking every day to prepare for the extraordinary challenge. Bill said, “I am determined to raise awareness in rural areas about lung disease and the need for lung health to be part of normal health checks. I also want to raise awareness of IPF specifically, to tackle the stigma of lung disease head on and raise much needed funding for research.” Read Bill’s story at http://lungfoundation.com.au/bills-story-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-ipf-a-life-changer/.

Bill has the full support of employer, AGnVET Services and their network of stores to help him reach his target. To donate visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/long-walk-for-lungs. You can also track Bill’s progress via his website at http://www.longwalkforlungs.com.au.

Support a Nanna’s ride for Young Lungs

Western Australia Grandmother, Margaret Morton, has planned a ride of 1,000 km from Mundaring to Albany in September to raise awareness and $10,000 towards the Lung Foundation’s Young Lungs program. Margaret’s motivation is her shiny, tenacious three year old granddaughter, Charli, who was born with a rare lung disease (Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease) and whose story is featured on page 4. Margaret said, “Charli shines brightly through it all. She is wise beyond her years. She commands the room and seems unfazed by others’ perception of disability. She could sing before she could talk, and she danced before she could walk! She is Charli and she is mighty.” Support Margaret’s fundraising campaign at https://give.everydayhero.com/au/nanny-s-ride-for-child.

If you wish to fundraise for the Lung Foundation, it is easy to get started and the team here at Lung Foundation Australia is here to help make your event a success. Contact our Fundraising Manager, Mary Bishop on 02 9222 6204 or lfaevents@lungfoundation.com.au today so you can get started.