Noosa mums raise $7269 to shave heads

15 Apr 2024
“The heartache associated with serious illness and disease touches most of us at some stage in our life, and we have experienced firsthand the loss and devastation that this can bring to families, both emotionally and financially," Noosa mum Sam Smith says. 

Last Friday, Sam Smith and her long-time friend Danielle Langan shaved their locks after raising an incredible $7,269. 

It was all to support Wishlist and the growing needs of Sunshine Coast and Gympie patients and families.  

"To put it simply, we are two great friends with heart about to lose our hair to help others. We have been Sunny Coast locals for twenty plus years and friends for most of those. 

"The work that Wishlist does in our local community to support families facing these challenging times is invaluable." 

The duo smashed their $5000 goal with funds being directed to priority needs to help patients and families. 

Fundraising and Partnerships Lead Jasmine Wheatley applauded Sam and Danielle for shaving their locks in the name of charity.

“Every day we see patients and families facing a health crisis within our local public hospitals,” Ms Wheatley said.

“In fact, around 60 percent of Wishlist’s accommodation guests are undergoing cancer treatment and need to stay to be close to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).”

In the 2022/23 financial year, there were more than 58,000 presentations to SCUH from Noosa and Noosa Hinterland residents.

“The majority of those presentations were outpatients clinics which can range from cancer care, medical, surgical, paediatric appointments, maternity, and allied health services," Jasmine adds.

“Wishlist exists to fund the extras to help make the hospital experience that little bit better, and it’s only thanks to fundraisers like Sam and Danielle that we can purchase medical equipment, fund important support services, supported accommodation and research.

“This extends to the Noosa community who may need to travel to SCUH, Nambour and Gympie hospitals for medical treatment.”  

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