This year the Whangarei Hatea Lions made a $671 profit from the stall – and decided to make the donation to Project Promise – a Northland initiative raising funds to build a new cancer treatment centre for Northland. A passionate and loyal Lions Member, Club President and Ray White employee, Lesley Houlahan explains the Whangarei Hatea Club’s motivation for giving the money raised to Project Promise was wanting to see local children and families benefit from the new cancer unit being built locally – as all too often families are separated and must travel great distances to seek the cancer treatment they need. “I am proud, and honoured, to be a part of two exceptional organisations, Whangarei Hatea Lions and Ray White Allens, – who allow me to get involved in the local community and make a positive difference to the lives of fellow Northlanders. It is intensely satisfying to see our fundraising only be reinvested locally… even small amounts can make a real impact on peoples lives”.
Left-right: John Monteith (Ray White Allens Director), Lesley Houlahan (Ray White Allens) Liz Woodward, Hatea Lions President.
Project Promise was launched by the Northland Community Foundation seven years ago now to raise $3 million as kick-start for funds needed to build a new cancer treatment centre for Northland. They are working in partnership with the Northland District Health Board to build this cancer treatment (oncology) centre based at Whangarei Hospital to provide better services for the people of Northland as currently many Northlanders with cancer either travel to Auckland or are treated in a facility in Whangarei that is simply too small and cramped meaning there is little or no privacy with limited space for family or friends. “Travelling to Auckland is not only expensive with extra time off work, but more importantly means Northlanders being away from home and family” Liz Woodward the Northland Community Foundation Manager states. As we write, the foundation remain approximately $1M shy of their $3M target.
To donate online, and read more on Project Promise click here.