Despite the cold this July, The Big Roast for Cystic Fibrosis has been heating things up! Now in its third year, The Big Roast invites Victorians to host a roast meal for loved ones as a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) research at the RCH. This year's event has fundraised over $20,000, handily beating last year's record.
The fundraiser was started by Kirsty and Stephen Bowness whose two children, Liam and Grace, both have CF. CF is a chronic genetic condition that primarily affects the lungs and pancreas by clogging them with thick and sticky mucus. There is no cure for CF, but ongoing research has developed better ways to treat the condition, helping CF
patients lead longer and better lives.
Determined to fund the cure, the Bowness’ have inspired the Yarra Valley community into hosting a roast dinner with loved ones to raise money for crucial CF research. This year Crumbz Craft and The Beef Joint in Healesville, Fergusson Winery in Dixon’s Creek, The Singing Gardens of C.J. Dennis in Toolangi and The Toolangi Tavern all got on board. Hosting Big Roast events, coordinating raffles and donating food, each business went over and above to support CF research for kids like Liam and Grace.
“We have been completely overwhelmed by the astounding support of our local community, as well as
supporters across Australia,” said Kirsty. This year has really shown us what's possible when good people come together for a common cause. What an extraordinary experience it has been! We are already looking ahead to next year in the hopes of getting more people in their kitchens cooking up a yummy roast for CF.”