Morning Tea in support of Cystic Fibrosis Queensland
Ladies and gentlemen, Kaye and I welcome you all most warmly to Government House for this Morning Tea in support of Cystic Fibrosis Queensland, and to mark 65 Roses month in May.
Those who live with cystic fibrosis are overwhelmingly young because, tragically, the disorder cuts average life spans to half that of the broader community. Its diagnosis profoundly changes many lives in many ways.
These are sombre and unsettling facts. However, they have only spurred those in this room, and many others not present, to do their utmost in supporting fellow Queenslanders with cystic fibrosis.
Families of individuals with the condition, and the medical professionals who treat it, are at the forefront of this effort. But their best efforts would be far more problematic without the support of Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.
CFQ’s support programs seek to deal with the physical and psychological aspects of the condition. They support families in highly practical ways that make life, if not easier, then certainly less stressful.
CFQ also supports research that seeks to understand better the nature of the condition, to slow its impact and reduce its symptoms. Ultimately, of course, we all hope for a cure.
All this requires resources, and I am aware that sourcing funds to keep programs in operation is a constant challenge.
Yet I have no doubt that those involved in the work of Cystic Fibrosis Queensland are inspired in all they do by the courage and endurance of those who stare “65 roses” in the face every day, and their determination to wring the maximum out of life.
As Governor and Patron, I most sincerely thank the Board, medical advisers, staff, volunteers, sponsors and supporters of Cystic Fibrosis Queensland for the wonderful work they do in our communities. It is deeply appreciated.
In that spirit, Kaye and I wish you great success in all the activities associated with 65 Roses month.