WHEEL IN MOTION: Leeanne Ballinger, Jenny Stone, Lesley Johnston and Meg Nagel at the high tea to raise money for Inner Wheel’s cord blood research project.
WHEEL IN MOTION: Leeanne Ballinger, Jenny Stone, Lesley Johnston and Meg Nagel at the high tea to raise money for Inner Wheel’s cord blood research project. Patrick Woods

Club shows it’s the Wheel deal

THE best of the Inner Wheel Club of the Sunshine Coast was on show at the women's organisation's annual fundraiser.

The club members organised a high tea to raise money for their national cord blood research project.

More than 60 people from across the Coast, Toowoomba and Brisbane attended the event at Mountain Creek on Sunday.

Club president Leeanne Ballinger said the club marked Inner Wheel Day as its annual fundraiser for cord blood research.

Inner Wheel Day, on January 10, is celebrated worldwide as the day when, in 1924, the first Inner Wheel club was chartered in Manchester in the United Kingdom.

"Since June 2001 Inner Wheel clubs have raised and donated more than $2 million towards cord blood research, and as a result have sponsored 35 research grants during this time," Mrs Ballinger said.

"Some of the major areas of research include leukemia, lymphoma, prostate cancer, breast cancer and cartilage and bone repair.

"Stem cell growth, donation and implantation are the way of the future."

Mrs Ballinger said the help and support shown at the fundraiser was the perfect start to the club's 29th year of service.

To find out more visit the club's Facebook page or contact the secretary on 5445 6119.

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Cord blood can only be collected at hospitals accredited with the cord blood banks.

Collection, processing and storage of cord blood are specialised techniques that need to be performed by trained and accredited staff.

The cord blood collected also needs to be processed as soon as practical, usually within 36 hours of collection.


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