$60,000 for Hornery fund

NEW DIGS: An aerial photo of The Hornery Group’s new Moranbah premises.
NEW DIGS: An aerial photo of The Hornery Group’s new Moranbah premises.

AT the grand opening of its new premises in Moranbah on Sunday, July 29, more than $60,000 was raised by the Hornery Group at a gala event for the Lachlan Hornery Fund at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation.

Following the loss of Lachlan Hornery to cancer in 2008, The Hornery Group established a trust fund at the RBWH Foundation, which is the charity arm of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Three years ago the company bought a Kenworth body truck for carting water and painted it pink to help raise awareness for cancer research in the bush.

The pink truck is a commercial heavy vehicle and for every hour that it is contracted to work $20 is donated to the RBWH Foundation.

On the night, an auction of high-profile memorabilia donated by the Hornery family raised $25,250 after some aggressive bidding for the treasured pieces.

The builder of the new premises, Larry Anderson, passed his hat around, resulting in a further $2000 in cash being received.

Even rock star Shannon Noll, who entertained the crowd singing late into the night, happily accepted a special request to an impromptu sing-a-long for a $1000 donation.

Then Percy Hornery sold his jacket to David Maunder for a $2000 donation.

RBWH Foundation fundraising and development manager Ari Panagiotou was present to receive the donations.

"Every now and again in my role in fundraising I get a chance to experience community at its best, people coming together to support each other and what's important to them," Mr Panagiotou said after the evening.

"I was welcomed by so many people and this is a testimony to the friendships surrounding the family and the strength in business networks and colleagues to have so generously contributed towards the Lachlan Hornery trust at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation."

Percy Hornery found the incredible generosity of so many people inspiring.

"It is such a personal honour to make a small difference," he said.

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