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Galas and Golf
The members of McLeod Country Golf Club have, for the second year running, outdone themselves, raising $12 000 for breast and prostate cancer research at QIMR
The weekend of fun, frivolity and fundraising began with a gala dinner and was followed the next day by a champagne breakfast and golf.
To the members and supporters of McLeod Country Golf Club, we salute your sense of fun and thank you for your incredible support!
Teeing Off for Medical Research
Since 2004, the annual GPT Charity Golf Day has supported QIMR Berghofer. This day brings together representatives from companies all over Brisbane for a day of golf and good times.
This year’s GPT Golf Day had 115 registered players and raised an outstanding $22 500 for research at QIMR Berghofer.
Thank you GPT Charity Golf Day!
Lawyers on the Run
A team of 30 staff and partners from law firm DibbsBarker’s Brisbane office took part in the annual Bridge to Brisbane charity run on 27 August. The team collectively raised an amazing $10 000 for mental health research at QIMR Berghofer.
While this marks the first time that DibbsBarker has raised funds for the mental health research program, the firm has a proud history of fundraising for cancer research at QIMR Berghofer since 2011.
DibbsBarker, thank you for your ongoing support!
MOTORCYCLING REID BROTHERS RETURN HOME
The water gushed and swirled around them as they quickly realised their mistake.
Just metres from where they were using sheer determination to sluice a heavy bike through the knee-high depths, the rapids cascaded down the falls and into the South American valley below.
A slip would mean losing the bike to the white water, many of their possessions and risk serious injury, even death.
Dylan and Lawson Reid used their body weight to push against the torrent and drive the bike towards the opposite bank, hoping it wouldn’t slide along the flooded roadway and over the edge.
At the rear, Lawson, 32, lost his footing and was shunted on all fours closer to the waterfall’s edge. He scrambled up along the bank and set out a second time into the fierce torrent.
Dylan, 35, stumbled, trudged forward and somehow held the bike upright against the hungry water. The bank couldn’t come fast enough.
With relief, the brothers laughed off another close call on their trip of a lifetime.
Their epic two-and-a-half year journey saw them motorbike through 50 countries and raise more than $81 000 for QIMR Berghofer’s mental health research program. The brothers arrived back home in time for World Mental Health Day on October 10, and celebrated their homecoming at QIMR Berghofer along with a huge crowd of family, friends, staff and supporters.
The journey was inspired by their sister Heidi, who at 27 tragically ended her own life in 2011.
“Our world was shattered when we lost Heidi. There was nothing but a bottomless pit of grief… this ride is the one and only positive thing about Heidi’s loss,” Dylan said.
Professor Michael Breakspear, who heads QIMR Berghofer’s Mental Health Research Program, said the money raised would go towards finding an imaging-based diagnostic test for depression.
‘One of the biggest challenges for scientists is getting funding to do the research. I am tremendously grateful to Dylan, Lawson and their parents for supporting this crucial research’, he said.