LENDING A HAND: Rob Mills will be at the Wishlist Spring Carnival lunch.
LENDING A HAND: Rob Mills will be at the Wishlist Spring Carnival lunch. Contributed

Hunky Rob Mills to suit up for Coast Wishlist gala

FORMER Australian Idol finalist Rob Mills loves hopping into a well-tailored suit, with matching shoes and belt.

Especially for a good cause.

Mills will join Mark Beretta, Natalie Barr and Joh Bailey at the Wishlist Spring Carnival lunch at the Events Centre Caloundra on Friday, September 19.

"Wishlist are doing incredible work raising funds not only for one hospital but all neighbouring hospitals," he said.

"They're raising money for a specific piece of equipment, an endoscopic ultrasound, which helps detect bowel cancer and prostate cancer, which can only be done in Brisbane at the moment."

There are hundreds of Sunshine Coast biliary, esophageal and rectal cancer patients travelling to Brisbane each year to find out the stage of their illness.

Peter Waugh, the acting clinical nurse consultant for the Gastroenterology Procedural Suites at Nambour Hospital, said there was an undeniable need for this service on the Coast.

"The EUS provides a safe method of obtaining definitive staging and can be used to make tissue diagnosis for patients with respectable upper gastrointestinal malignancies allowing clinicians to make appropriate, evidence-based decisions regarding care," he said.

"Not having an EUS on the Coast results in delayed diagnosis, significant inconvenience to patients who are already suffering from emotional and psychological stress and additional financial costs."

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said the EUS would cost $96,774.

"Last year's event saw guests raise over $150,000 in about four hours, which funds the diversional therapy program in Nambour Hospital's children's ward," she said.

Along with raising funds for Wishlist, it's also a great social event. Mills said the gents should go to great effort to put their outfits together.

"I love a hat and also a really well fitted suit," he said.

"Guys can buy a suit off the rack, but then go to the tailor and get it altered to make sure it fits."

For more information visit http://www.wishlist.org.au.

 

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