Popular Ipswich local Vicki Doig has launched a new charity in partnership with the Ipswich Hospital Foundation in honour of her late sister, Regina.
Regina tragically died of lymphoma cancer at the age of 39.
“I guess I never thought my sister would die of cancer,” Ms Doig said.
“She was a ballet dancer, a teacher, fluent in German and French, well educated, she was musical, highly intelligent and shy.
“She believed girls could always achieve their dreams through education and when she believed in something, she would battle for anything.”
Since her sister’s death, Ms Doig has been a strong advocate for further research, regularly working with various charities to help raise funds.
Passionate about doing more locally, Ms Doig said the Regina Doig Fund will focus on research in the Ipswich and West Moreton community.
“In 33 years, they have come so far in research,” Ms Doig said.
“If she (Regina) fell sick now, she may well have survived.
“This is why I want to start the Regina Doig Fund – to assist with local research.
“I have organised four morning teas in memory of Regina to raise funds in the past but being involved with the Hospital Foundation now will be more beneficial to support local research in Ipswich for local residents.”
Image: Regina Doig (left) pictured with her mother.
Ipswich Hospital Foundation chief executive officer James Sturges said he was delighted to be part of launching a cause which would support local research to benefit the local West Moreton community.
“The Regina Doig Fund has been a project 33 years in the making by Vicki who is so passionate about our local community,” he said.
“The support of our local community is what’s going to really kickstart the fund. It’s been established to support locals by locals with local research.
“If you can’t make the launch morning tea, a kind donation will always be appreciated.”
You’re invited to the launch morning tea for the Regina Doig Fund
When: Saturday, 13 February at 10am to 12pm
Where: Casa Mia Restaurant, Country Comfort Motel, 250 South Station Road, Raceview
Guest Speakers: Ipswich Hospital Foundation CEO James Sturges and Vicki Doig
Tickets: $30 which includes bottomless tea and coffee, mixed sandwiches, baked sweet treats, and a lucky door ticket.
Find out more at the Ipswich Hospital Foundation website.