Ladies from Goondiwindi, St George, Miles and Dalby are not letting breast cancer get the better of them or their loved ones, rallying their support behind the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and Suncorp‘s Bring Out Your Bras tour raising an incredible $18,421 for BreastScreen Queensland.

Toowoomba Hospital Foundation CEO Alison Kennedy said the support from women in South West Queensland was incredible. “In a time when regional Australia is suffering through drought, the generosity these communities have shown us is astounding and their readiness to get behind the cause blew us away,” said Alison. Raising funds to connect the region’s rural women with vital breast screening and assessment services,will help towards the purchasing of 3D ultrasound equipment for BreastScreen Queensland’s Mobile Van. “The BreastScreen Mobile Van is such an important service for rural and regional areas and making sure that it is equipped with this technology will make a huge difference in the lives of rural women when it comes to breast cancer detection,” said Alison.

Speaking at the Bring Out Your Bras Tour about her own journey with breast cancer, Julia Telford said it was great to be a part of raising funds and awareness for the work BreastScreen Queensland does in South West Queensland. “I felt so helpless during treatment for breast cancer, so to be able to work with the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and Suncorp to promote the great work that BreastScreen does helped me feel that I could be part of a solution,” said Julia.

The funds raised from the Bring Out Your Bras Tour will be matched through Suncorp’s employee giving program, with the company committing to match each branch’s efforts in Goondiwindi, St George, Miles and Dalby dollar for dollar up to the first $2500. Suncorp Agribusiness State Manager for Queensland April Cavanagh said it was important for Suncorp employees to join with a charity that has a real impact in South West Queensland. “Matching is part of Suncorp’s employee giving program, which enables Suncorp people to support the causes they care about and make a difference in the communities where they live and work,” said April.

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