Reflecting On A Remarkable Year: HBCF’s 2023 Journey

Dear HBCF Family,

As we bid farewell to another incredible year, I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude for the unwavering support and dedication that has fuelled the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation’s journey throughout 2023. Together, we’ve achieved remarkable milestones, and I am thrilled to share some of the key moments that have defined this memorable year.

1. Empowering Hearts, Changing Lives:

Our mission to support those facing breast cancer in the Hunter region reached new heights. With the collective efforts of our dedicated team, Program Partners, and the amazing Pink Army of Volunteers, we provided over 1,600 services to nearly 200 clients. Each service represents a touchpoint of care, solidarity, and empowerment for those navigating the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis.

2. Celebration in Full Bloom:

Our signature fundraising events became vibrant celebrations of community spirit and generosity. From the Pink Charity Golf Day to the heart-pounding excitement of Pink Race Day, the camaraderie at Knockers & Moles, and the warmth of our Christmas Supporters Lunch, these events not only raised crucial funds but also brought our community together in a tapestry of shared purpose and compassion.

3. A Grateful Nod to Fundraisers:

The heartbeat of our organisation lies in the passion and commitment of our Community Fundraisers. In 2023, we welcomed both familiar faces and new advocates into our fold. Their dedication resulted in one of our most successful fundraising years, a testament to the power of collective action in making a tangible impact on the lives of those affected by breast cancer.

4. Welcoming a New Team Member:

Our journey this year wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging the newest addition to our team, Josh. As our Fundraising, Events & Marketing Coordinator, Josh has seamlessly integrated into the HBCF family, bringing fresh perspectives, boundless energy, and a genuine passion for our cause. His presence has undeniably enriched our team dynamic, and we’re excited about the creative endeavours that lie ahead.

5. A Year of Growth, Impact, and Strategic Evolution

The addition to our team has catalysed a pivotal shift in our strategic direction, we’ve embarked on a path towards building a more sustainable working environment. This year, our focus extended beyond our impactful programs and events; we delved into refining internal processes, streamlining operations, and implementing strategies for efficiency across the organisation. As we head into the upcoming year, these efforts pave the way for a stronger foundation. By optimising our internal workflows and bolstering our capabilities, we aim to position ourselves for growth. Our goal remains steadfast soon approaching the new financial year, to expand and enhance our support programs, ensuring that we can extend our reach and impact even further within the Hunter region. Together, we’re fostering an environment that not only nurtures innovation but also propels us toward a future where our support is more comprehensive and accessible to those in need.

In closing, I extend my deepest gratitude to every supporter, funding partner, volunteer, fundraiser, supplier and team member who contributed to our shared success. Together, we’ve woven a tapestry of compassion, resilience, and hope that will continue to inspire and uplift in the years to come.

As we embrace the holiday season and look ahead to a new year filled with promise, let’s carry the spirit of unity and kindness that defines the HBCF community.

Wishing you all a joyous festive season and a New Year brimming with hope, love, and positive change.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Abbey McDonell

General Manager, Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation

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