Cancer charity's beautiful dream
IN THE wake of a huge fundraising month, Beautiful You breast cancer charity have big plans for their money and are calling out for help in putting those plans into action.
Since founding the charity in 2010, Debbie Clayton has dreamed of establishing a retreat for women going through breast cancer treatments to relax and pursue holistic therapies and now, she's asking for anyone willing to lease her the land.
"I've had all these people coming to me and offering to help, but what we really need is someone with a nice patch of land to lease,” she said.
Plenty of such retreats exist, Ms Clayton admitted, but she said those often cost up to $3000 for one week.
"For someone going through cancer treatments, how can they afford that?” she said.
Throughout October, Beautiful You hosted a number of events where they managed to raise $2500 at a fashion show in Caloundra and more than $1600 at a high tea in Brightwater in addition to funds brought in by their two op-shops in Bokarina and Maroochydore.
With this money, Ms Clayton said she hopes to run yoga, art therapy classes, massage sessions and counselling services to help women cope with their diagnoses.
"I've noticed even on our Beautiful You mornings, when the women come in, they forget about their cancer and they just have a good time.”
In 1999, the trained masseuse lost her mother to breast cancer, and witnessed first-hand the impact of the disease on women and families, especially when it came to women's self- esteem.
She said it was the small things, like paying for womens' wigs, mastectomy bras and cleaners to visit their houses whilst they were undergoing treatments which made all the difference.
"It was my way of giving back to women.”
She added that land in Tanawha, Woombye or Chevallum would be ideal, and any philanthropic leaser could contact her on 5445 5455.
Beautiful You's next fundraiser is a race day event to be held at Caloundra on December 4. More information can be found via www.beautifulyou program.org.au.