Chance fundraiser nets $10,000

Unexpected cash injections for aged care providers can come in handy, especially at this time of year

Image caption: David Allen, Peter Beck and Daniella Bozinovska from Pillar Administration hand over a cheque for $10,000 to assist the residents of Warrigal Care Coniston to Don Colquhoun, (Residential Services Manager, Warrigal Care Coniston, 2nd from right).

Opportunity, family connection, personal enterprise and a strong sense of corporate social responsibility were all key drivers behind a $10,000 fundraising coup for Warrigal Care’s Coniston aged care facility in Wollongong, NSW

Being a ‘pillar of the community’ was the motivation behind Pillar Administration’s sponsorship of the fundraising event but it was the devoted and motivated granddaughter of a resident who made it all happen.

Daniella Bozinovska, the 27 year old risk management and quality manager at Pillar in Wollongong has been a regular visitor at Warrigal Care Coniston since her ‘pop’, Risto Bozinovska, moved into the home in February this year.

Wanting the nicest, most homely environment possible for her grandfather, Daniella offered to raise some money to help with some repainting work.

“I work just down the road and I thought it would be a good community activity for our company to be involved with,” says Ms Bozinovska.  

“Don (Colquhoun, Residential Services Manager) said it would be great so I approached my CEO, Peter Beck, and asked if I could run it through work and have Pillar support it.   He said it was a great idea too so I got an organising committee together of about 10 people.”

The committee decided on a fundraising dinner event which was held at the nearby Portofino Function Centre in October. A former dancer, Daniella was able to mobilise a strong cast of entertainers for the event including the popular performer, Sally Polihronas, formerly of Bardot, as well as dancers from the top 20 of TV series, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. 

“My background in dance made it easier. Each of the performers donated their performance for the cause. They were a great drawcard and helped to make the evening such a success,” Ms Bozinovska said.

The $10,000 was ultimately raised though a combination of enterprising methods, all coordinated by Daniella and her committee.  

“We got local businesses to donate prizes which we sold through a ‘prize balloon’ system as well as through a raffle and a silent auction.  We also raised money from the ticket prices which included a three course meal.”

“There was the $8,000-plus raised on the night as well as some funds from a mufti day and a barbeque we had held at work.  Then our HR manager said on the night that the company would contribute the remainder to bring the total up to $10,000,” Ms Bozinovska said. 

The funds raised are going toward the painting as well as some other renovation projects currently underway at Warrigal Care’s Coniston facility.

Residential Services Manager, Don Colquhoun, said this kind of fundraising event, coordinated totally externally, had never happened before for the facility.  

“We’re very grateful for this generous donation and the efforts of those behind it,” said Mr Colquhoun.  He said the funds would provide a boost to the residents’ environment while they awaited planning approval for a brand new home in the Wollongong area.

“Our 62 residents deserve comfortable and homely surrounds, and this donation will help us to make some important upgrades to the home environment.”

He said renovations to a verandah would be complete in two weeks, ready for the resident Christmas party on the 20th of December.

Other improvements made possible by the donation include the installation of reverse cycle air conditioning, a new ceiling and a new slimline TV set. In addition, some new outdoor furniture will be purchased for the front entry area.

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