A little boy who could not pronounce the name of his disease was the inspiration for a national fundraising campaign – and Batemans Bay shoppers can help on Friday.
In the 1960s, Richard Weiss overheard his mother discussing on the phone the disease he and his two siblings shared – cystic fibrosis.
To four-year-old Richard’s ears, his mother was fundraising for “65 Roses” – and the name has stuck, becoming the banner for almost 50 years of campaigning for Cystic Fibrosis Australia.
Sadly, Richard lost his battle with CF last year, aged 52, but on Friday, shoppers can buy a cake to help find a cure for the many other children and adults living with the disease.
LJ Hooker, on the corner of Beach Road and Orient St, Batemans Bay, will host a cake stall and sausage sizzle and sell recipe books to raise funds to complete the longstanding Red Rose Charity House project.
Organiser Michael Skuse said the project was nearing completion, but $2000 was needed before the Malua Bay home could be ready for auction for Cystic Fibrosis Australia.
In 2005, LJ Hooker Batemans Bay and Sea Breeze Estate decided to build and auction the charity house on an 820 sqm block at 32 Wattlebird Way.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built through fundraising, sponsorship and donations.
Many Eurobodalla contractors, builders and suppliers chipped in with goods and services.
Mr Skuse hopes the home will raise $400,000 for CF research.
icfibrosis.org.au for more information.