Local charities have 30,000 reasons to say thanks

Local charities have 30,000 reasons to say thanks

The Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation (HBCF) and Hunter Melanoma Foundation (HMF) have joined forces once again for their annual event, Knockers and Moles.

On Saturday, 10 September 2022, the two charities took the sold-out event to Ironbark Hill Estate in the Hunter Valley to raise vital funds and awareness for two of the community’s most common cancers.

Knockers and Moles was built to not only raise awareness and funds for both charities but encourage the community to start the conversation around breast cancer and melanoma, all while enjoying a night out.

The event was hosted by local drag queen sensation, Timberlina who had a night of fun installed including, drag bingo and trivia overlooking the picturesque vineyards of Peter Drayton’s estate, with guests enjoying a range of local foods, wine and signature cocktails.

“After the success of last year’s event, I was so excited to host Knockers and Moles at a new location. It is such an important event and being able to bring everyone together for such vital causes was really special,” Timberlina said.

“We are extremely excited and grateful to announce that Knockers and Moles raised $30,000 for HMF and HBCF to continue the work they do within the local community,” said HMF Executive Office, Claudia Tolhurst.

“This is just the beginning, with the two charities planning on growing the event in the years to come. We are already thinking of ways we can change it up next year, and with Timberlina hosting you know you will always be in for a surprise,” Claudia said.

HBCF General Manager, Abbey McDonell said that hosting an event with another local charity created an opportunity to reach a wider audience and share the foundation’s mission of providing practical support services to local families experiencing breast cancer.

“HBCF and HMF rely on the support of our community to be able to continue to provide our services, Knockers and Moles is the perfect example of an entire community coming together and helping out those around them,” Abbey said.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support of our local community when organising this event, from our sponsors to our guests, I think it just goes to show how lucky we are to be a part of such a supportive community.”

HMF and HBCF would like to thank their sponsors, Aaron Walter Century 21 Edgeworth, NHN Group, Scrubba Body, McNamara Accountants, The Hire Collective, Valley Estate Agents, Naughty and Nice and Ironbark Hill Vineyard Peter Drayton Wines.

IMAGE | Hunter Melanoma Foundation Executive Officer, Claudia Tolhurst, Timberlina and Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation General Manager, Abbey McDonell (left-right).

Hunter Melanoma Foundation

The Hunter Melanoma Foundation (HMF), an incorporated charity, was formed in the mid 1980’s by patients of the Newcastle Melanoma Unit to raise funds for melanoma in the Hunter Region.

The HMF is proud of its achievements over the past 30+ years and with the support of the local community will continue to work towards not only finding a cure for melanoma but greatly reducing the incidence of melanoma in our region. The only funds we receive are from donations and our own fundraising events so the local community’s support is vital for the HMF to continue towards this goal.

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