Driving for an end to cancer – Resorts have fun raising awareness

Driving for an end to cancer - Resorts have fun raising awareness


GemLife staff and homeowners banded together to raise nearly $9000 to support the Cancer Council’s life-saving research, prevention, support and information programs. At time of publication, $8989 was raised.


GemLife Slice Drive

GemLife Chef Matt Conquest out did himself yet again with delicious slices – which were delivered to resorts across Queensland. The slice drive raised $2004 for the campaign.

This year, GemLife resorts were encouraged to hold Biggest Morning Tea events between 1 and 23 May in a competition to win $500 for the resort’s social committee. And the winner is GemLife Tweed Waters with a total of $3055.



GemLife Highfields put the focus on breast cancer and prostate cancer awareness for their Cancer Council Australia Biggest Morning Tea on 14 May.

The $10-a-head event, held at the Country Club, included champagne on arrival.

Guests brought plates for the grazing table and listened to guest speakers share their experiences of being diagnosed with the disease and becoming cancer survivors. With plenty of lucky door prizes on offer, the resort enjoyed a great morning and raised $1300.


Rainbow Beach

Debbie Flood-Smith was a first time auctioneer at the resort’s Cancer Council Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event that raised $2230.

“The Country Club was decked out in yellow and white – the Cancer Council colours – and we had a great morning tea with gift vouchers from local businesses being raffled,” said Debbie.

“The daughter of one of our homeowners works for a resort at Port Stephens, and she donated a two night holiday which I auctioned off. It was fun, I’ve never been an auctioneer before. I just followed what I’ve seen on TV, ‘going once, going twice…’.”


Tweed Waters

After Beth Winterbon got the cancer all-clear following an operation last November, her wife Lee has fired up the fundraising at GemLife Tweed Waters.

“We were fortunate that we didn’t need their services, but we knew we’d be in safe hands if we ever did,” she said.

Lee organised a large raffle with more than 24 prizes on offer with the draw taking place at Club Banora on 15 May. Through the sale of raffle tickets in the resort, a morning tea hosted by another homeowner and a sausage sizzle open to homeowners and contract holders, the resort raised $3055.



GemLife Woodend hosted an annual fashion parade at the Country Club. Fashion brand Cabella Mia revealed the 2024 winter collection on the resort’s models who strutted the catwalk in a variety of designs.

About $150 was raised on the day from a gold coin donation on entry. A percentage of the proceeds from purchases on the day also boosted the tally to $354.

“It was a great fun day,” said Jenny Bussinger who is GemLife Woodend’s HOC secretary.