Maggie’s passion for charity
MAGGIE Brown spends seven months a year fundraising to help find a cure for cancer.
“Losing my passion would be losing hope,” Ms Brown said.
“I have a passion to find a cure and I believe a cure is out there.”
After raising $40,000 this year, Ms Brown was named Gold Coast Nurse of the Year in the Cancer Council Queensland’s Nurse of the Year Campaign at a recent awards night.
It is the second year in a row Ms Brown, who is an occupational health nurse for the Gold Coast City Council, has claimed the title.
“I raised $96,000 last year, but I think with the Victorian bushfires and the downturn in the economy people could not give as much this year,” she said.
Ms Brown has raised more than $400,000 during the seven years she has campaigned.
“I just grab every dollar I can when I’m fundraising,” Ms Brown said.
This year Ms Brown was involved in Cancer Council events including Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Pink Ribbon Day, raffle tickets at the Mitsubishi Golf Masters, Run for a Cure.
“Work has supported me to do the events by letting me sell merchandise, having a casual day for a cause and I held the Biggest Morning Tea at work,” she said.
She said the Gold Coast City Council had offered free breast screening to its staff when she started working there, but she pushed to have it available every year.
Nurses throughout Queensland put their hands up for the last time in 2009 after 40 years of campaigning for Cancer Council Queensland.
“I think priorities are changing and hopefully we will come up with another great fundraising event for next year,” Ms Brown.
A total of 44 nurses throughout Queensland competed in the Nurse of the Year campaign in 2009 and raised $1 million for Cancer Council Queensland.
Gold Coaster Roger Large was also recognised at the Cancer Council awards night.
Mr Large raised $63,000 for Cancer Council Queensland this year and received the Most Raised for the Cancer Challenge on the Gold Coast award.
This year was his second time in the challenge and he said he hoped to raise more next year.
After a prostate cancer diagnosis seven years ago, Mr Large said he had been involved with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Cancer Council Queensland fundraising and public speaking.