WHEN Gold Coast woman Debbie Bench lost a loved one to cancer, she pledged to find a way to give back and support other patients going through the disease.
Years later, the local artist has just released her first book to raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland.
‘Wondrous Wildlife of the World’, written and illustrated by Mrs Bench, is a 64-page hardcover children’s alphabet book detailing the lives of animals creatively through images and alliteration.
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Every dollar from every book sold will be donated back to Cancer Council Queensland to invest into lifesaving research, treatments and support services.
Mrs Bench said the book was published in honour of her young second-cousin, Sophie Ellen Arnold, who was just three-years-old when she lost her life.
“Sophie passed away from neuroblastoma far too young,” Mrs Bench said.
“Since then I have wanted to create something in her memory and help others affected by the disease.
“I’m proud to be able to offer this book and encourage locals to purchase a copy – every dollar raised can make a difference to those diagnosed with cancer.”
Wondrous Wildlife of the World can be purchased online at www.debbiebenchartist.com for $26.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Mrs Chris McMillan thanked Ms Bench for her support, and encouraged locals to purchase a book.
“The simple act of buying a book can make such a difference to our work,” Ms McMillan said.
“One in two Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and we need your help to fund new treatments for this disease and support those affected.”
The book sale supports Cancer Council’s Do It For Cancer campaign, which encourages people to fundraise in any way that they like.
Queenslanders can race, work, sell, shave, quit, gift – or do anything. To register for ‘Do It For Cancer’, visit www.doitforcancer.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.