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4 December, 2020

Accountants support Foundation

The drive to bring early detection prostate cancer equipment to the region received a boost last week with a fundraising lunch generating more than $70,000 towards the cause.

By Nicole Gibson

Trinity Accountants owner Sue Sherrington FNQHF CEO Tony Williamson

Local business, Trinity Accountants hosted an end of year client lunch which included a fundraising auction and raffle on behalf of the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation.

Trinity Accountants owner Sue Sherrington said they wanted to bring their clients together in what had been a challenging year, and unite for a great, local cause.

“We’ve been working with the Foundation for a few years now, we contributed to the endoscopy campaign, and we see the amazing work they do in the community,” Mrs Sherrington said.

The funds raised from the lunch will go to support the Foundation’s goal of buying Cairns Hospital urology equipment that will enable the early detection of prostate cancer.

According to data from the Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry, there are 3900 new diagnoses of prostate cancer in Queensland each year, of which 360 are in FNQ (9.2% of the Queensland total).

“Approximately 40 percent of FNQ patients go on to have surgery as their primary treatment,” Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service urologist Dr Stefan Antoniou.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Australian men, according to the Cancer Council.

The risk of prostate cancer increases with age.

Foundation CEO Tony Williamson was thrilled with the initiative and the sort of community support that it showed.

“Lots of people in the community have been really suffering this year but events like this are a wonderful way to bring people together and support each other,” Mr Williamson said.

“This has been an incredible initiative, it’s been a great day with incredible support. Thank you so much to the team at Trinity Accountants,” he said.


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