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11th September 2023 Research News

The Archer raises $18,529 for CQShines Foundation

The Archer Rocky Amateurs

Alpine Edge may have won regional Queensland’s richest race The Archer, but Central Queenslanders facing health issues also came away winners thanks to a major charity partnership.

Rocky Amateurs invited CQShines Foundation to be their charity of choice for all events, with the total raised by the community reaching $18,529.15!

The incredible fundraising tally included a $7,500 hat auction from the first lady of Australian horse racing Gai Waterhouse, and a $6,200 raffle thanks to Fraction Finance and GDL Rural who donated a VIP NRL package.

CQShines Executive Manager Hannah Gardner said funds raised by hospital foundations are crucial because the health system cannot meet all the needs of people facing health challenges.

“Thanks to the generosity of everyone at The Archer, we’ve raised critical funds,” she said.

“As Central Queenslanders, we know the unique challenges of distance that our community faces in our widespread, diverse, and wonderful region.

“We’re raising funding for equipment, training, education, and medical research that will support the health of Central Queenslanders.

“We’ve partnered with The Hospital Research Foundation Group, which means our administration costs are covered and 100% of donations are directed to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.

“I’m pleased to announce that The Archer events raised $18,529.15.

“Gai Waterhouse auctioned off her hat for us at the Friday Sports Luncheon and Calcutta at the Rockhampton Leagues Club and Jennifer Acton of Wilpeena Cattle Co bought the hat in honour of her late husband, Mr Alan Acton, a giant of Queensland’s cattle industry.

“I’m also thrilled that Rocky Amateurs President Bill Reid has invited us back again as a charity partner for the 204 Rocky Amateurs events, which is wonderful news.”