Heather Moore works for us here at West Liquor and she is fighting an inoperable brain tumour. The wonderful people of West Auckland have been fundraising to help her cause. We’d like to share some of those stories with you and let you know how you can help Heather further.
Heather needs money to pay for a drug called Avastin. Avastin has the capacity to slow her tumour’s growth or even stop it altogether, yet it is not on the list of drugs funded by Pharmac. Heather needed to find $80,000 to fund 10 courses of treatment but was able to make a start once she had raised $60,000. With the treatment now under way, the incredibly brave Heather is sharing her journey on Facebook and not only reports that the tumour is shrinking, but has included pictures from the scans.
Perhaps the most innovative fundraising venture for Heather was the decision by Black Sands Brewery in Kelston to brew a special craft beer to help raise funds for Heather. Black Sands creator Ian Hebblethwaite’s idea was to brew a totally original beer exclusively for The Trusts to sell, with profits to go to our Heather Moore appeal. So Ian brewed a very special 1,200 litres of pale ale. It is a fantastic beer made with New Zealand Southern Cross malt from Motueka that gives the beer a refreshing hint of lemon and lime. Now instore for all to purchase, Ian hopes that the sales of Heather’s Beer will add about $8,000 to Heather’s fund.
Hobsonville Point School kids fundraised for Heather
Hobsonville Point Secondary School also joined the campaign to help Heather Moore, when a student learned we are fundraising for Heather and took the story to his teacher Tracey Abbot.
The student believed that the campaign fitted with school values and wanted to know if the school could do anything to help. Tracey agreed and the school organised a fundraising lunchtime event at school, with a sausage sizzle and a candy floss machine, a gaming tournament and a zorb-football event. The event was a great success and while the final total wasn’t confirmed at the time of writing, it was looking as if it would be around $750 and to quote Tracey “the kids want to give Heather the money personally.”
More Help is Needed
There are a couple of ways you can contribute to this great cause. As we mentioned earlier in this post, for every bottle of Black Sands Pacific Pale Ale bought $3 will be donated towards helping Heather. So pop in to your local West Liquor or Village Wine & Spirits store and pick up a bottle or two to help Heather today. You can also donate some money to Heather via her Givealittle page. Please give generously!