ARARAT - This Friday is 65 Roses Day, which is the annual fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Victoria and tin shakers will be out in force around Ararat to raise money to help find a cure for the cruel disease which affects infants and young people.
It is the third time the fundraising event has been held in Ararat, following the past two years’ successful efforts which have raised more than $9000 for Cystic Fibrosis Victoria.
Organisers Bridget Zuin and Matthew Waites are hoping the public can once again get behind this year’s fundraiser and beat last year’s record which saw $5000 raised, the highest tin shake total in one day in Victoria.
The Ararat fundraiser has been inspired by Ms Zuin’s niece and nephew, Thomas and Tayla Sladdin, who both have Cystic Fibrosis.
“This year we are aiming to raise $6000, so hopefully everyone can put some money in the tins or buy some merchandise on Friday.”
Tin shakes will be located at the intersections of High and Vincent and Vincent and Barkly Streets on Friday, from 8am to 5pm, so if you’re driving around town on Friday, make sure you drop some coins into the tins.
Members of the community can also buy some merchandise including pens, USB sticks and torches which will be available out the front of the Bendigo Bank between 9am and 5pm.
All money raised will go directly to Cystic Fibrosis Victoria to help find a cure for the disease.
This organisation was founded in 1974 by parents of children with CF, and provides advocacy, support and information services to people living with CF and their families.
CF is ‘autosomal recessive’ meaning that it occurs equally in males and females, the CF gene must be inherited from both parents and it can ‘skip’ generations.
There is no cure for CF at present.
Ms Zuin said as well as raising funds, raising awareness of the disease is important.
“Awareness in particular is important because many people don’t know a lot about the disease,” she said.