BOQ Stones Corner Rallies Community to Help Sick Kids

Tuesday, 28/04/2009 

Bank of Queensland Stones Corner is calling on the local community to help put a smile on a sick child’s face, by raising money for the Starlight Foundation. 

The team at BOQ Stones Corner have decided to help the Bank achieve its goal of granting nine Starlight wishes in 2009, and are holding a Cupcake Day on Friday, 1 May to raise the $4,000 necessary. 

BOQ Stones Corner Branch Manager Leon Bernie said in a great effort so far, his branch has raised almost $2,000 in donations to their Wall of Stars and are looking to reach their $4,000 target with the Starlight Day fundraiser. 

“We’ll be selling delicious cupcakes in branch from 11:00am to 1:00pm this Friday as well as a great range of Starlight Foundation merchandise including pins, keyrings, pens and wands throughout May,” Leon said. 

“Living with illness or injury can cause enormous strain in the lives of children and their families as the everyday joys of childhood often take a backseat to the stress of treatment and isolation. 

“I can’t even imagine having a seriously ill child; it must be incredibly stressful and heart-breaking. 

“Our branch just needs to raise $4,000 and the Bank will pitch in the extra $1,000, so we encourage everyone in the community to drop in and buy a cupcake at BOQ Stones Corner this Friday. 

“Or, if you’re unable to come into the branch and want to make a donation to our Starlight Day fundraising event, please call us on 07 3324 5922.”

All funds raised will go to Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia, to grant a wish. 

“When you think about the fact that we can help put a smile on a sick child’s face, and maybe ease mum and dad’s burden for a day, just by enjoying some cupcakes and a fun day – it certainly doesn’t seem much to ask,” said Leon. 

“We’re calling on everyone in the Stones Corner area to dig deep and help us brighten a sick child’s day.” 

Previous wishes granted through the Starlight Wishgranting Program include: 

  • Sending seven-year-old Morgan, who has a brittle bone disorder, to see snow for the first time.
  • Granting the wish of nine year old Sam, who has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, to go on his first holiday visiting Seaworld and Movieworld on the Gold Coast.
  • Sending fourteen-year-old Murray, who has a life-threatening condition that affects his lungs and digestive system, to meet his idol Lleyton Hewitt.  Murray is the youngest in a family of six, with three other members also seriously ill.  Lleyton was so touched by this he invited Murray and his 24-year-old brother Geoff (who also has Cystic Fibrosis) to watch the Davis Cup in Townsville and sit on the players’ bench with the Australian Team.  Murray tossed the coin for and was treated as a mate of Lleyton’s.