SCUH Cardiology Setting the Pace

18 Sep 2023
Three women wearing blue shirts stand together, proudly displaying posters in their hands.
Health heroes on the Sunshine Coast are going the extra mile for their patients in the lead up to the Wishlist K’s 4 Cancer. 

The annual event - formerly known as the Wishlist Fun Run - takes place at Lake Kawana on Sunday October 15 to raise vital funds to support those touched by cancer in the Sunshine Coast and Gympie region.  

 This year, the Cardiology department at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) are leading the charge having already raised close to $1000 with over a month of fundraising to go.

Cardiology nurse Darcie Touton rallied the department with the help of a few colleagues.  

“It’s a great event that not only allows us to raise money for patients but also have loads of fun doing it, it’s really brought the department together,” she says.  

“We initially set a goal of raising $1000 but we’re hoping to go way past that.” 

The event is packed full of family fun with a bouncing castle, live music and Wildlife HQ animal encounters.  

Accessible to all – entrants can run, walk, roll, or stroll with their dog around Lake Kawana with a selection of courses including a 2.5km, 5km or 10km.  

Last year’s event raised $35,000 but Wishlist Fundraising and Partnerships Manager Lisa Wilson has her eyes on a much higher number this year. 

“We’re hoping to raise over $50,000 this year to help those that need it most.” 

Wishlist K’s 4 Cancer ambassador Natalie Hunter was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer this year and has thrown her support behind the fundraising event.  

“Having to wake up and let my 14-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter know I was going to hospital and that the ambulance was on the way was the scariest time for us all,” Natalie says.   

“Wishlist is an organisation that is close to my heart. It’s just incredible when you first get to experience walking through an accommodation facility like Wishlist Centre and know how many people benefit from having an affordable place to stay across the road from hospital – especially when undergoing cancer treatment.”  

Funds raised through K’s 4 Cancer will go directly toward helping support patients like Natalie as they access treatment to overcome their battle with cancer. 

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