Rural women's health is set to get a little boost thanks to the generosity of those who participated in The Diamond Hunter Virtual Talwood Pink Ladies Day, with Toowoomba Hospital Foundation announcing their online event raised $9758.
Culminating in a Facebook live draw of an 18 carat white gold aquamarine and diamond dress ring from The Diamond Hunter, the virtual event helped give the community a chance to support the event's fundraising cause after it was postponed due to COVID restrictions.
CEO of the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation Alison Kennedy said it was great to see local women jump on board despite the change in format.
"Running virtual events is a completely new concept for the Foundation, it's been so humbling to see both new and current supporters jump on board and support us and our health service in this new age of hosting events," she said.
"The previous Weengallon Pink Ladies Day has been a wonderful fundraising for the local community, and even though 2020 had other plans for our Talwood Pink Ladies Day we are still incredibly proud of the funds we raised.
"Most importantly these funds will go directly back into the local health service, helping to ensure the continuation of the Mobile Women's Health Service.
"A massive thank you to Christina Duddy from The Diamond Hunter for being such a big supporter of our virtual Talwood Pink Ladies Day and for travelling all the way from St George to Toowoomba to draw our Grand Raffle prizes."
Congratulations to the grand raffle prize winners Skye Duggan, who won the 18 carat white gold aquamarine and diamond dress ring, Michelle Robertson who won the Spicers Retreat package and Alice Woods, who won the artwork donated by Art Lovers, Australia.
Darling Downs Health Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Andrea Nagle said the health service is fortunate to have the support of so many generous people.
"Our Mobile Women's Health Nurses are critical in our region and provide exceptional care to women in the bush," she said.
"We're very excited to receive this funding to have the opportunity to bring a trainee nurse on board which will greatly help the service. We're very grateful to those who donated and thank the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation and their generous supporters."