Wollongong Private Hospital chief executive officer David Crowe led from the front for Angels at Work on Friday by hosting a breakfast and handing over $5,000 to kickstart the fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Mr Crowe said he was personally aware of the great work the foundation did to help people in the Illawarra community.
“I was diagnosed with aplastic anemia in 2016,” he said.
“The Leukeamia Foundation looked after me and my family when I was crook and I want to try and give back”.
The Leukeamia Foundation looked after me and my family when I was crook and I want to try and give backWollongong Private Hospital chief exective David Crowe
“And Wollongong Private has donated $5,000 to the cause. We do try and help local charities. Particularly health related charities. The Leukaemia Foundation has obviously got a special place in my heart for me personally but also professionally.”
The ninth annual Angels at Work started with more than $9000 having already been raised to help people with blood cancer and their families in the region.
The 2018 fundraising goal is $30,000. In total more than $200,000 has been collected by the angels for a day over the last nine years. The collection always starts with a breakfast and this year Remondis gave $2000 for the cause and its chief executive Chris Wade continued his annual tradition of making the highest bid on an auction item.
Deputy Mayor councillor David Brown and blood cancer survivors and advocates Jo Spicer and Merrylord Azar shared their stories before Nina Field announced it would be her last Angels at Work as the Leukaemia Foundation’s regional development manager.
“I am honoured to be a part of an activity like Angels at Work where people make a real connection with the cause, Angels at Work has certainly been that for me and mor,” she said.
The Leukaemia Foundation is dedicated to helping people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders survive and then live a better quality of life. It does that by providing emotional and practical support. Money raised by Friday’s angels, who were all fueled with breakfast from M2 Kitchen, will also fund critical medical research.