Big win for local charity

Big win for local charity

  • Published on Tuesday 5 April, 2016
  • 3 min. to read


The first instalment is presented at Townsville Hospital. Pictured: Ren Pedersen – The Cure Starts Now founder, Mark Heselwood – Haymans Electrical Townsville Manager, Sharon Allan – Steve Allan Electrical Office Manager.

In 2015, MEGT employer Steve Allan Electrical won the Commercial Project of the Year Award for North Queensland at the Master Electricians National Excellence Awards.

This year the company are celebrating a win of a different kind, receiving a $50,000 charity grant for research into children’s brain cancer.

Sharon Allan, Office Manager at Steve Allan Electrical, applied for the charitable donation after local supplier Haymans Electrical Townsville and their parent company MM Electrical Merchandising (MMEM) put out a call asking for local charities they could support.

Sharon’s proposal was successful, and she recently had the pleasure of handing over the first of two $25,000 instalments to The Cure Starts Now Australia, a Townsville based research organisation that runs entirely on donations, and whose mission is to find a cure for children’s brain cancer.

The donation, part of MMEM’s annual profit, will assist children Australia wide as it is put directly towards clinical trials for cancer treatments.

It is the first large donation The Cure Starts Now has received from a business and Sharon was thrilled to be able to present the funds to Ren Pedersen, the charity’s founder.

“We are just so pleased to be part of an industry that supports its small local charity and its customers and that we are able to use our business to assist,” said Sharon.

This year, Sharon has also become a board member for The Cure Starts Now Australia and can’t wait to start promoting the charity among other local businesses.

She is also asking businesses in the area to donate “monkey in my chair” packs to Townsville Hospital’s Oncology ward – a large toy monkey that sits in the school chair of a critically ill child as a way for the child to stay connected with their peers. Sharon hopes businesses around the country will consider donating a monkey to their local hospital, as it is an inexpensive yet very effective way to support sick children.

For more information about The Cure Starts Now Australia, click here. Find out more about monkey in my chair here.

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