When Buderim-based charity Bloomhill Cancer Care realised in March 2020 that the imminent covid-19 lockdown would hurt its income, it sent a shoutout to the local business community. Halcol Energy was an early responder to this cry for help – to the tune of almost $6,000.
Bloomhill Cancer Care was founded in 1997 and has helped thousands of Sunshine Coast cancer patients. The charity receives much of its funding through its op-shop and from the many fundraising events it holds each year. The op-shop was shut from late March throughout April and early May, and lots of upcoming events had to be cancelled, leading to a potential 70% drop in income. This drop in income would have a serious impact on the charity’s ability to serve its clients.
Halcol to the rescue
After hearing about Bloomhill’s plight, Halcol decided to donate $150 for every 5kW solar installation it performed throughout April. Solar systems of 5kW are the most commonly-requested domestic installations in Australia and Halcol knew that this move would deliver the best returns for Bloomhill. By the end of April, the company had raised a total of $5,850 for the charity and this money will help it to continue providing advice, help, counselling and therapies to cancer patients and their loved ones.
The Bloomhill op-shop, on Ballinger Road in Buderim, opened its doors again on May 11 after almost two months of being closed. There are strict social distancing measures in place, both for staff and for customers, so that everyone can shop for gently-used bargains in safety.