A Ballarat-based trivia organisation has helped raise more than $5000 for the McGrath Foundation.
Trivia with a Twist, a trivia company that specialises in fundraising, raised $5300 during 2015 for the foundation that supports breast cancer care nurses.
Funds were raised through raffling off Andrew Peace Wine bottles at various events throughout the year.
Trivia with a Twist host Allan Peach said some bottles sold for as much as $600 on the night.
“We auction off one bottle of wines and choose a cause,” Mr Peach said.
“Last year it was Beyond Blue, we’ve done the Make a Wish (Foundation) twice and last year it was the McGrath Foundation.
“We’ll be doing it for the McGrath Foundation this year as well.
“We did a trivia night in 2014 for three girls who had breast cancer and that’s when we decided that we’d do it (raise funds) for the McGrath Foundation.
”The least the bottle has gone for is $30, the most is $600. They averaged between $50 and $100 there were probably 40 to 50 nights across the roads.”
The McGrath Foundation has two breast care nurses operating in the Ballarat and Grampians regions in Cath Healy and Sue Bartlett.
Ms Barlett said the donation was “absolutely” fantastic.
“Cath and I see anyone who lives in Ballarat and Grampians regions,” she said.
“We see people diagnosed with early breast cancer, both male and female (and many more) and we support their families from the time they get their referral.”
Together the pair, who operate out of the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre, cover rural towns such as Daylesford, Trentham and Creswick and operate out of outreach clinics at Maryborough and Bacchus Marsh.
“We can see up to 190 people at one time,” Ms Bartlett said.
The McGrath Foundation was formed in the aftermath of Jane and Glenn McGrath’s much-publicised experience with breast cancer.
The charity raised money to place breast care nurses in communities across Australia as well as to increase breast awareness in young people
The cost to place a McGrath breast care nurse in an area of need for three years is about $380,000.
Meanwhile, this year’s Miss Muddy event in Ballarat will also partner the McGrath Foundation and raise funds for the further implementation of breast care nurses in rural areas.
All funds raised from the event – which organisers expect will be in excess of $300,000 will go towards funding McGrath nurses.
It will run on February 27-28.
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