Farewell to a legendary supporter

Thursday 14 February, 2008

It is with great sadness that The Cancer Council Victoria staff and supporters learned of the passing of one of our passionate volunteers, Mr Laurie Gillham.

Like thousands of other volunteers involved in Cancer Council fundraising activities, Laurie's tireless work, which raised nearly $50,000, has contributed to our life-saving cancer research, education programs and support services for people affected by cancer.

Director of Community Relations and Fundraising, Deb Stringer, said Laurie's relationship with The Cancer Council spanned many years. "Laurie will be warmly remembered for his inspiring involvement with our annual Cancer Council raffle," Ms Stringer said.

"Laurie first got involved with the raffle in 1997 and over the next six years, he consistently sold a record number of tickets. "
"These efforts are not altogether surprising considering he would set up a card table within his local K-Mart five months prior to the draw to sell tickets for four days every week, starting at 9am and finishing at 5pm."

This dedication was formally recognised in 2001, when Laurie became a recipient of the Cancer Council's inaugural President's Award, given for outstanding contribution to cancer control in Victoria.

"On behalf of staff at the Cancer Council, I would like to extend our sympathies to Laurie's family and friends. Laurie's legendary efforts and great commitment to the Cancer Council will be missed," Ms Stringer said.