As I reflect back on the year that was, my team and I are eternally grateful for your support and the goodwill you have shown to Lung Foundation Australia and the people of all ages living with or impacted by lung disease.
Christmas is often associated with gift giving but the greatest gift you can give is perhaps the gift of time.
I cannot help but be amazed at the number of people whose generosity of spirit has contributed to another successful year for the Lung Foundation. To all our wonderful volunteers we say thank you. To those who have donated or supported Lung Foundation in other ways, we say thank you.
As we enter the festive season, there are a few simple things we can all do that do not cost a cent but will leave an indelible impact on the lives of others.
In the spirit of charity reach out to and give to those in need in our community. Perhaps it is a visit with an elderly neighbour who lives alone or a newly arrived migrant family; maybe its spending time preparing and serving lunch at a community shelter; or putting aside a gift to send to a farming or rural and remote family doing it tough in drought.
The Lung Foundation hopes that you will take time to think about those who sacrifice their time with family including our wonderful doctors, nurses and health professionals working on Christmas Day, and our emergency services or those in the Defence Force serving abroad. Please accept our appreciation for all that you do to help people with lung disease.
We acknowledge Christmas will also be sad for many who have lost a loved one or may have a family or friend spending time in hospital. To those who have lost someone, we send our love and respect.
Finally, to all those living with a lung disease or somehow impacted by lung disease we hope you find peace over the holidays and we look forward to supporting you in 2019.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Mark Brooke CEO and the Lung Foundation Team