When Bob McFadden lost his daughter-in-law to breast cancer a couple of years ago he refused to feel helpless and instead decided to help find a cure.
“We just thought, one day there’s got to be a cure for it and you need money for it,” Bob said.
So the Coolum golf and bowls fundraiser was born.
The Breast Cancer Charity Day consists of nine holes of golf at Noosa Par 3 and 12 ends of bowls at the Coolum Beach Bowls Club, followed by raffles, auctions and entertainment.
This week, Cancer Council Queensland’s fundraising coordinator Leisa Andersen came calling to say thanks to Bob and the Coolum community for the thousands of dollars raised this year and in previous years.
The 2008 third annual charity day was held on June 22 and raised a record $13051.
Ms Andersen said the Cancer Council was not government funded and relied on the generosity of businesses and the general public.
“We’re thrilled to have seen such a success of the Coolum Bowls Day and thank Bob and the Coolum community for their incredible efforts,” she said
“This money will go a long way to assisting in our research, early detection and prevention and support programs.”
Bob said this year’s event was “quite amazing”.
Long-time Coolum resident Paul Campbell started the ball rolling with a $1000 donation and challenged other supporters to match it, which many did.
“You had to be there to see it to,” Bob said.
“People just started walking up out of the crowd saying here’s $20, here’s $100.
Then two other blokes came up and put in $500 each.
“It was quite incredible.
“For all the people who were in there to come on board and do what they did, it just shows Coolum for what Coolum is.”
Bob said the event got bigger every year, with sponsors keen to offer their support.
“I think people are more aware about the cancer side of things,” he said.
“This year we had 110 people who participated in the golf and the bowls.”
But the energetic fundraiser is not resting on his laurels.
Bob already has plans for a fundraising event involving Olympic swimmers at the Coolum pool.