Cocktails raises $7k for cancer dialysis project

CLiaison's picture March 13, 2018


Cocktails in the Courtyard Committee members, Alex Anderson, Caroline Coggins, Libby Macgugan, Leonie Sharrock and Vicki Whyte tour the Cancer Treatment and Dialysis Area site with Facilities Manager, Trevor Wathen.

Members of the Cocktails in the Courtyard Committee took a ‘hard hat tour’ of the Western District Health Service (WDHS) Cancer Treatment and Dialysis Area this week, to see the building progress first hand.

The Committee raised over $7,000 for the facility at its recent Cocktails event and Chair Libby Macgugan says the progress on site is impressive.

“It’s fantastic to be able to see the stud walls already up, you can get a real idea of how the vast space will be used and feel. I’d seen the plans but it’s exciting to see it all coming together.

Mrs Macgugan said the Cocktails event held in Hamilton Base Hospital’s Handbury Courtyard for the past four years was a great success with over 170 people in attendance.

“We had excellent support yet again for this event and were blessed with perfect weather.

Cancer is a cause that’s just so close to everyone’s heart, and this new facility is something people really want to get behind.

The Committee were wonderful, as were the Hamilton and Alexandra College Hospitality students who waited on guests on the night,” Mrs Macgugan said.

WDHS is still looking to raise around $130,000 to complete the Cancer Treatment and Dialysis Area and will host an open to the public event mid-year to showcase the project and seek additional support.

Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald says he’s very pleased with the construction progress since works began in early January.

“We’re on track and notwithstanding any unexpected delays; we will have a fully functioning cancer and dialysis centre in August.

The community are really backing this cause and the Cocktails event is another example of the incredible local support for the project”.

Mr Fitzgerald says WDHS has already seen considerable growth in service delivery in anticipation of the new facility.

“We are now seeing an increase per cancer clinic, with the prospect of Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) specialists visiting weekly instead of fortnightly.

Supporting locals and their families with high quality, accessible treatment options is what this project is all about and we look forward to completing the build and delivering on that promise,” Mr Fitzgerald said.