Our wonderful Hobart Cancerian Committee held a Christmas in July event

“It has for several years been my vision to do something on a grander scale and to attract a mixed demographic of age groups. I feel so fortunate that Carmen who has such an eye for detail and decoration, jumped on board with this idea also. We were both so very pleased with how the night went and we have had so much incredible feedback.”, said Julie Francis, chief event organiser.

“Whilst it’s so lovely to be acknowledged, the most important thing for us was to raise as much awareness and funding for ACRF….and our night we feel has introduced a new generation of people to backing brilliant.”

With generous contributions from people volunteering their time to cook, prepare, serve, MC, sing and play in the band together with sponsors for raffle prizes, a wine wall and the venue itself, the Hobart community rallied to produce a memorable evening.

Gillian Groom AO, who has been involved in the Hobart Cancerians group since its inception in the late 1980’s and served as President since 2006, said “Recognising the youth and vigour Julie and Carmen had brought to the committee, we decided to give them carte blanche to organise a gala event. The rest is now history! Julie and Carmen work beautifully together not to mention various family members that are roped in to help. Carmen’s husband Rainer deserves a special accolade. He single handedly served a superb carvery dinner to over 80 people…”

Carmen’s son Fabian and Julie’s daughter Sophie added even more to an already proud moment by them being part of our night. Sophie said she would like to gather a table of her friends next time…

Carmen reflected “Julie and I are still in awe of our little community down here in Tassie… a little community with a big heart! Everyone has been so generous with both their time and their donations, and we love them for it!”

Kerry Strydom, ACRF CEO, said “It was my privilege to be a small part of this event to share the impact of the Hobart Cancerian Committee’s contribution to advancing cancer research. Their ongoing activities and influence continue to generate support, and spending time with such a remarkable group was inspiring. Thank you all so very much.”