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first_imgBeanies for Brain CancercharityeventsTravelManagers Queensland-based Personal Travel Manager, Erin Ross, representative for Mount Cotton, gathered support from fellow PTMs, her own kids and the Elysium Restaurant and Bar in Victoria Point, Queensland, to host a ‘Beanies for Brain Cancer’ event, with holiday packages, gift hampers and jewellery all part of the fundraising efforts.Erin and her children, Maia and Ryley, have a very personal motivation for raising funds for the worthy ‘Beanies for Brain Cancer’ initiative, having lost their their husband and dad, Matt, four years ago, just eighteen months after his diagnosis.“We need to find a cure for brain cancer because at the moment there is little hope for someone who is diagnosed, and it is the biggest killing cancer of young people in Australia,” said Erin.The family was inspired by the success of Carrie Bickmore’s and Mark Hughes’ Beanies 4 Brain Cancer initiatives and decided to create their own TravelManagers beanie to raise further funds for the cause, selling them to friends and family, the local community and throughout the TravelManagers network to other PTMs and clients.Erin Ross and her kids, Maia (L) and Ryley, modelling the beanies designed by Ryley for their Beanies for Brain Cancer fundraising eventThis year, they also added a second beanie to the range, thanks to the efforts of the youngest member of the family, Ryley, who was inspired by his sister’s fundraising efforts through the sale of handmade bead angels that she began making when her father was sick.“Ryley designed a special beanie with a superhero theme to honour his dad,” Erin explained. “Beanies were sent all around Australia and even across the ditch to New Zealand!“In 2017, we sold 168 TravelManagers beanies, whereas this year we sold 50 TravelManagers beanies and 150 Ryley Ross Super Hero beanies, and all profits from the beanie sales went to the cause.”Erin says she is very grateful to the local businesses who donated to the event. “We also gave away a three-night Royal Caribbean cruise and a twelve-night Thailand holiday, thanks to wonderful support from the travel industry. Singapore Airlines, Royal Caribbean International, Kamala Beach Resort (a Sunprime Resort), Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Plantation Island Resort, Trafalgar, Thai Airways & Tin Can Bay Tourist Park were all incredibly generous.“Elysium Restaurant & Bar have been a big support for the past two years.Not only did they co-host the event for the last two years, but they’ve also looked after catering, the bar, ticketing and entertainment.”140 people attended the cocktail-style function, paying $75 per person for a ticket which included nibbles and drinks plus live entertainment from the duo “Musique”. The event raised $13,546 for the charity.“We can’t change what’s happened,” said Erin. “Matt wouldn’t want us sitting around moping. We want to make him proud. We are not the first family who has been through this and we won’t be the last.”Donations can still be made via the fundraising page. CLICK HERE to order Maia’s Angels. TOP IMAGE: The Beanies for Brain Cancer team – Amanda Brady, Erin Ross, Cassandra Zayonce, Georgina Grandi, Annette Fyfe, – and in front – Lisa Smithlast_img

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