Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Why Gift of Giving Is Wish Come True

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Why Gift of Giving Is Wish Come True

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TRISTAN Kurz got married in May.

One day soon, the Coastline BMW dealer principal and his wife Coralie plan to start a family.

Like any prospective parents, they will hope like hell their baby is one thing: healthy.

That very human response gives a small insight into why Mr Kurz and other local businesspeople donate their time and money to the Wishlist Sunshine Coast Health Foundation cause.

Through a variety of events like the Row for Cancer, last Friday's Spring Carnival Gala and the annual Give Me 5 For Kids appeal, the foundation has raised millions of dollars for projects like the Sunshine Coast Cancer Centre and Reed Charity House at Nambour, paediatric equipment, staff training and child-friendly areas at local hospitals.

The foundation has a small staff, but businesspeople drive everything from board meetings, sponsorship and marketing to providing auction prizes, networking and event management.

"Last year I went to a morning tea at the Hear and Say Centre in Nambour and I saw these little kids with their parents, and they were my age, and I thought Cythere are some people in the world who have it really tough' and to be able to help is such a good feeling," he said.

"My wife and I want to have children soon...and I hope it doesn't happen but maybe one day it'll be me saying thank goodness there are all these businesses who are providing these facilities and services."

The Kurz family involvement in the foundation stretches back to the 1990s when Tristan's father Robert came on board. These days Coastline donates sponsorship dollars, time to organise events and Coralie spends a few days a week doing voluntary admin in the office.

"My father had experienced some tragedies in his life through cancer and the like, and I've had some close friends who have suffered very severe illnesses, so we realise the importance of making sure there are the resources to aid not only people suffering, but their families too," he said. …

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