Julie excited by future of Friendlies

Friendlies Foundation new coordinator Julie Anderson. Picture: AARON GOODWIN

By Angela Norval

As they prepare for many interesting and valuable fundraising events, The Friendlies Foundation has welcomed Julie Anderson to the team as the new coordinator.

Julie has hit the ground running for a role that attracted her for its diversity.

“I like the fact that I would be responsible for coordinating events, fundraising, and raising community awareness of The Friendlies Foundation,” she said.

“Whilst there are many facets to my role, the fundamental goal is to raise as many funds as I can for the Friendlies Foundation because 100 per cent of funds raised by the Friendlies Foundation is given to The Friendlies Hospital to benefit patients and our community.

“I love the fact that everything I do in my role is supporting our local community directly.

“I am absolutely loving going out and engaging with members of our community along with local business owners as I raise awareness of The Friendlies Foundation and the work we do at the hospital.”

Julie comes to the role with both varied and extensive experience having owned numerous businesses over the years as well as being on several committees.

It is through these experiences she has been involved with major fundraising ventures, engaging with local members in the community and business owners.

“From this I bring with me the knowledge and understanding of how the business side of the Foundation works and most importantly the ability to communicate with everyone that I come in contact with.

“The Friendlies is going through a period of change while we rebuild our workforce, services and, in fact, the physical presence of the hospital.

“We have so many exciting things going on under our new CEO, Simone Finch.

“It’s a great time to be here and I look forward to working with Simone, the team and our community to continue to build this great organisation.”

One event that Julie is getting very excited for is The Friendlies Foundation Charity Ball which will be held on Saturday 27 August at the Bundaberg Civic Centre with a fabulous theme of Hollywood.

“I am very excited as plans are progressing well for the charity ball and our guests are set to enjoy a night of glamour, fine food and entertainment and will be wowed by the unique, dynamic entertainment that we have organised.

“It will be a fantastic evening that will benefit the work of the Foundation and the ongoing success of The Friendlies.

“The Friendlies Foundation has received fantastic support from quite a few generous local Bundaberg businesses and we are looking forward to engaging with more businesses, including those who we haven’t worked with before, to let them know about the work we do here.

“I am hoping for a fabulous, glamorous night where friends and work colleagues come together and enjoy each other’s company and have a great time whilst supporting our wonderful Foundation.

“From the moment our guests arrive on the red carpet they will be wowed by the glamour, elegance and the Hollywood atmosphere.”