But the next three months are set to test whether he can sell a message that will unlock $300,000 in compassion to support a community organisation in desperate need of assistance.
The Ray White Maroochydore principal will take three months leave of absence to work extensive contacts and create new ones to raise funds to pay for extensions to the Bloomhill Cancer Therapy Centre at Buderim.
Mr Graham became involved in assisting the centre two years ago at the urging of close friend and former Olympian Raelene Boyle. Its client base has grown from 450 to 850 cancer patients at any time, driving the centre’s annual operating budget to $1.3 million and creating the need for more space.
In tough economic times, rather than trying to winkle out big chunks of money from corporate donors, the strategy of the Target 300 campaign to be launched through the Sunshine Coast Daily, Zinc and Hot FM is to seek $1000 donations from 300 clubs, businesses and individuals. Smaller donations are also being sought. The campaign will utilise the website target300.com.au
Mr Graham said yesterday he wanted to change the perception that Bloomhill was a Buderim-focused organisation. One in 16 of those who utilise its services comes from Noosa with one in nine from the southern Sunshine Coast. “I’m going to be banging the footpaths to get the community to support this push,” he said. “This is a very generous community. Bloomhill is an organisation whose function is purely to care for people and families who have had cancer come into their lives.”
Mr Graham said 400 volunteers regularly helped, doing everything from driving people to Brisbane for treatment to cooking meals and counselling the children of those affected. Bloomhill wants to add extensive new therapy rooms and meditation areas to its Buderim centre.
“We are taking this approach because we’ve found it hard to get big chunks of money from companies and the grants just aren’t there,” Mr Graham said.
Donations are tax deductible. Go to http://www.target300.com.au/
For more information please visit: http://www.bloomhill.com.au/newsite/
Source: The Sunshine Coast Daily