Post officer rewarded for charity work
SUE BEUTEL had not heard of cystic fibrosis until members of her family were diagnosed, now her fundraising has made her an Australia Post Community Champion.
Sue, a Gladstone postal service officer, has been raising funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis for about three years.
Her efforts were recognised recently when she was one of only 12 Australia Post employees throughout the country to win a community service award.
She was presented with $1000 for the charity of her choice ? Cystic Fibrosis Queensland Research.
Sue said she was pleased with the donation because her other children's charity fundraising efforts had been keeping her busy.
"It's really good because I was snowed under and I haven't done much fundraising lately,'' she said.
"It was a bonus to win and be able to give that money to Cystic Fibrosis Queensland Research.''
"They (sufferers of the disease) spend their whole life in hospital.
"It is life threatening.''
Cystic fibrosis mainly affects the lungs, potentially to the point where they cannot breath.
If two parents are carriers of the disease there is a one in four chance their child will suffer from it.
"My brother is just unfortunate that both of his kids have it,'' Sue said.
"I think it is important that the $1000 goes towards the research of cystic fibrosis so we can try and find a cure.
"I believe it's the least I can do given what my brother's family goes through.
"My niece is going into hospital again this weekend.