Gold Coasters dig deep to help single mum doing it tough

Gold Coasters are a generous bunch, and that was proven once again on local airwaves on Wednesday.

Weekday mornings, the 1029 Hot Tomato breakfast show Flan & Emily Jade with Christo giveaway cash to pay the bills of local residents.

On Wednesday, Michele from Burleigh Waters was given $250 to cover her electricity bill. In her Pay your Bills entry, the single mum told Hot Tomato she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and wanted to get some of her bills in order before she has reconstructive surgery in 5 weeks.


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“I can’t believe it. You have no idea how much this means to me,” Michele tearfully told the breakfast hosts. “I know there are people a lot worse off than me – but I just had no choice.”

Michele’s story pulled at the heartstrings of Hot Tomato’s listeners, with many calling in wanting to pledge extra money. One generous local anonymously pledged $500, and many others dug deep to offer whatever they could afford. In total, over $1,150 was pledged to Michele.

In an email sent to Flan & Emily Jade with Christo, Michele thanked everyone for their support.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would receive donations from these amazing people. I am forever grateful to you Flan & Emily Jade with Christo, 1029 Hot Tomato and the incredible generous people that donated. That money is going to get me up to date with rent, electricity paid, do a grocery shop and other bills settled before surgery. It will give me the peace to concentrate on my surgery and getting better rather than the bills. I just wanted to send this to you as I was so emotional this morning and felt I just had to thank you all again. Forever grateful, Michele xx.

If you missed hearing the segment on Wednesday, you can catch up here:

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