Mr BUCHHOLZ (Wright) (16:31): I rise today because there are organisations that do some incredible work in my electorate, and I’m sure honourable members in this room get to witness similar types of work. But nothing fills me with a greater sense of pride today than to be able to stand and congratulate the Canungra Chamber of Commerce and local community for getting behind Turning Canungra Pink. Basically, as a whole community they set about raising money for breast cancer, and they turn their entire town pink. The power poles are painted pink, all of the businesses don pink streamers, and events happen during the course of the week. It was fantastic to see this small town with a big heart raise no less than $46,000 for breast cancer research this year. Many locals’ lives are touched by cancer in some way, and this event succeeds in bringing the community together in taking positive steps to fight this horrific disease.
A similar event was held in Beaudesert in September with the local branch of Cancer Council Queensland, decorating the local streets blue in awareness of prostate cancer research. Just two weeks ago, the Jimboomba branch of Cancer Council Australia had their annual Relay for Life event, where more than 500 people laced up their boots and did 18-hour walks. I think they raised about $75,000, an incredible contribution.
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