Nurse's charity work recognised
HOW do you raise more than $20,000 for charity?
With a lot of hard work and dedication, says Rockhampton nurse Sue Cadger.
The 46-year-old Gracemere resident put a lot of “hard yakka” into raising money and for her efforts has been named Central Queensland Charity Nurse of the Year in Cancer Council Queensland’s Nurse of the Year campaign for 2009.
Sue, who works at the Hillcrest Private Hospital, said she spent hours organising charity golf days, trivia nights, balls and raffles to raise almost $23,000 for the fight against cancer.
Sue raised the funds for the Cancer Council Queensland as part of her work as a Nurse of the Year campaign entrant.
As well as the money, Ms Cadger helped to raise awareness of cancer prevention and early detection in the community by compiling a pamphlet.
She said the pamphlet was a resource for people with cancer about where to stay if they had to go away for treatment, and who they could talk to.
Sue was encouraged to enter by a senior nurse and said she didn’t expect to raise so much money.
“I thought $5000 was a good effort,” she said.
“It’s a lot of hard work, you have to get out there and sell yourself.”
Sue was inspired to raise money after seeing more people coming into hospital with cancer.
“We see it (cancer) all the time,” she said.
She was also inspired to continue fundraising beyond the campaign because her son had had a melanoma cut from his back when he was 18.
“That was really scary,” she said.
“He had three operations to get it out and has a nice big scar to prove it.”