Helping fill people's final days with love and kindness
MARK Munro from Toowoomba Hospice said events like the one in Warwick's Gardens Galore this morning made a tremendous difference for the service.
The event was organised by charity group the Groovy Grannies and featured live jazz from The Blue Violets.
As the administration and fundraising manager of the hospice, Mr Munro was its first employee 16 years ago.
He said being able to attend events is one of the highlights of his role.
"Being able to go to things like this is great because I get to see the end result of the funds we raise here,” he said.
He said from the $1.75 million needed to run the Toowoomba Hospice, $750,000 had to be sourced from fundraising efforts.
"The hospice is a free service so we have to cover wages, food and all the clinical costs ourselves,” he said.
"It presents a challenge for us but we are privileged to have groups like the Groovy Grannies supporting us.”
Despite the stress of needing to raise so many funds, Mr Munro said his work with the hospice is rewarding.
"Our main focus is making sure the clients' final days are pain-free, that they have plenty of time with their family and ensuring their journey is comfortable,” he said.
"It can be sad seeing people go but it is relieving in a sense because I know we have done something for the families.”
Gardens Galore owner Sue Hoffman said the event was a huge achievement for the Groovy Grannies.
"The numbers they have brought in the dry are amazing, they are a divine group of ladies,” Mrs Hoffman said.
"Even though people are doing it hard themselves, they still come out to provide for someone in need.”