The Wood Chop Arena… Sideshow Alley… The CWA Cake Stall… and the Ekka Strawberry Sundae. You can’t have a complete day out at the RNA Show without partaking in them all, but just by treating yourself you can help raise funds for life saving medical research.
For 35 years, the sale of the Ekka’s Strawberry Sundaes has been raising much needed funds for The Common Good, who power medical research and discoveries, and support local projects at The Prince Charles Hospital and Caboolture Hospital.
This year more than 2000 volunteers will scoop, chop and top over 100,000 strawberry sundaes, which ensures The Common Good can continue to fund heart, lung and gut disease, dementia and support innovation in hospital care.
Chloe Nguyen is the General Manager, Marketing and Memberships for The Common Good, and told 96five’s Ken and Nicky that research into an emerging lung disease was this year’s focus.
“Silicosis is an occupational lung disease caused when people inhale silica dust. Unfortunately it is progressive, incurable and deadly. For those who are impacted they describe it as like breathing through a straw.”
“We don’t want that to continue so we need to step up our research into this area, so that we can give those who are impacted hope, and the best chance of surviving this horrible disease.”
There are a number of ways you can get involved in supporting The Common Good. Obviously when you’re at the Ekka, make sure you visit the strawberry sundae stands and buy as many as you can fit in!
You can also volunteer with The Common Good at The Ekka, or if you’re not going to the show this year, you can also make a donation to support medical research.
Listen to the full interview with Chloe in the audio player above.