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Fundraising dinner on the tarmac

A FUNDRAISING dinner hosted by the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation (FNQHF) on Saturday night raised more than $749,250 for the “Donate for DaNi” campaign. 

The funds will be directed towards acquiring a surgical robot, a groundbreaking addition to Cairns Hospital that promises to revolutionise surgical care in the region. 

The invitation-only Starlit Soiree, held on the disused runway at Cairns Airport, featured an exquisite tasting menu crafted by acclaimed Nu Nu Restaurant MasterChef Nick Holloway, complemented by a dazzling performance by The Marias. 

The event brought together an array of dedicated supporters, including prominent community leaders, philanthropists, and health care advocates, all united by a common cause. 

Foundation CEO Gina Hogan spoke of the extraordinary show of community support and generosity.

“We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from our community,” she said. 

“The success of this event brings us significantly closer to our $4.3 million target for the surgical robot.

“This state-of-the-art technology will enhance surgical precision, improve patient recovery times, and reduce complications.”

Donors dr ken chapman of the chapman foundation lisa schirripa and leann everist of kenfrost homes with foundation ceo gina hogan Image supplied
Donors Dr Ken Chapman of the Chapman Foundation Lisa Schirripa and Leann Everist of Kenfrost Homes with Foundation CEO Gina Hogan IMAGE Supplied

Ms Hogan said the surgical robot would attract top medical talent to the region and ensure better health care for all.

“With the community’s continued support, we are confident we will reach our goal and bring this life-changing technology to Cairns Hospital,” she said.

She specially thanked Kenfrost Homes, which donated a staggering $450,000 and the Chapman Foundation which donated $100,000. 

The amount raised adds to $1,023,000 already raised through previous fundraising events by Trinity Advisory and Nu Nu Restaurant, as well as numerous other donations from our generous supporters.

The campaign has now raised 41 per cent of the $4.3 million goal. 

“Each of these contributions, large and small, has been vital in driving us towards our goal,” Ms Hogan said.

“The Foundation extends its gratitude to all attendees, donors, and event partners who made the night a resounding success. Each contribution, no matter the size, brings us closer to transforming healthcare in our community.” 

For more information about the Donate for DaNi campaign and how you can contribute, visit the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation website.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Annee’s opens third Cairns store and Year 11s in driver awareness.

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