Comedy for a Cause night to raise cancer funds

By Tara Whitsed

The proceeds of a comedy evening, organised by Fairley Leadership Program participant Meaghan Thompson, will go to GV Health's oncology department.

The GV Health associate nurse unit manager and clinical nurse specialist of the Emergency Department said she was supported by the health service to undertake the Fairley program this year.

Ms Thompson said program facilitator Sandy Gunn had died from cancer earlier this year and, as a result, she decided to create a project where the funds could be donated in Ms Gunn's honour.

“The project is part of the program,” she said.

“We have to select something that meets the need of the community.”

Ms Thompson said the Comedy for a Cause event would include two opening acts, a headliner and an MC — all performers from the Sydney and Melbourne comedy festivals.

“There'll be an hour between doors opening and the show starting so guests will be able to have a drink and there will be nibbles available,” she said.

“There will also be a couple of breaks in between shows.”

Ms Thompson said there would be raffle tickets available for $5 each with prizes including a double pass for Riverlinks’ 2020 season, two FIX Muscle Performance memberships and much more.

GV Health Foundation director Carmel Johnson said the health service was humbled and inspired by Ms Thompson’s decision to support GV Health’s cancer services.

“Thanks to Meaghan for her inspiring commitment to this project,” she said.