LIFELAB: Community


Ten-year-old Cate has a smile as big as her heart and may be QIMR Berghofer’s youngest and most enterprising fundraiser. When Cate learned COVID-19 restrictions were keeping her from visiting her beloved Granny and Poppy, she decided to do something about it. Cate decided to raise funds to support COVID-19 research at QIMR Berghofer. With a little help from her parents, Cate started with packaging and selling hand sanitisers from home to raise funds for our scientists, then branched out into a new market with delicious homemade chocolate brownies.

‘I can’t find the cure myself but I can help raise some money for the scientists at QIMR Berghofer. This is really important work as there will be lots of people that will be badly affected by this disease. The sooner we have treatments, the sooner we can get back to living life how we would like to – and the sooner I can see my Granny and Poppy!’ Cate said.

Thank you Cate for supporting our scientists through your wonderful initiative.


Thank you to everyone who took part in and supported Cuppa for COVID. We loved seeing the different ways our supporters connected with their friends and communities to raise vital funds for our COVID-19 research.

Congratulations to our top fundraisers, 17 Mile Church, Chatterbox Early Learning & Child Care, Talia Vickery and Natasha Johnson who received a delicious gift pack, compliments of Merlo Coffee.


As personal protective supplies became critical during the COVID-19 crisis, the Chimera Legacy Foundation teamed up with IncoDocs to donate and deliver 1,000 face masks to QIMR Berghofer. This was a welcome initiative that assisted the Institute in maintaining an ongoing supply of face masks during a time of high demand. A huge thank you to Damien Thompson from the Chimera Legacy Foundation and to Ben Thompson and the team from IncoDocs for their support and generosity.

Damien is passionate about raising awareness for charities supporting transplant patients and those affected by graft-vs-host disease (GVHD) and we are thrilled he has generously involved QIMR Berghofer as part of a documentary sharing his story. With filming currently underway we will keep you updated on when it will be released. Watch this space!


Alton Downs sunflower farmers, Peter and Lynne Foxwell, never guessed their sunflower farm would generate so much sunshine for the Rockhampton community and breast cancer researchers at QIMR Berghofer. They decided to sell some of the sunflowers from their property over the May long weekend, and with the perfect combination of sunny weather and easing of COVID restrictions, thousands of people swarmed the property to take pictures in the bright fields and buy a bunch of flowers, donating to research at the same time.

The Foxwell family have so far raised more than $32 000 to help fund Professor Sudha Rao’s cancer research project that aims to develop breast cancer diagnostics and treatments tailored to a patient’s individual cancer. Buoyed by the amazing generosity demonstrated by the Rockhampton community, the Foxwells are continuing their Sunflowers for Change fundraiser online.