Door Knockers raise 61k for WDHS

CLiaison's picture August 12, 2017


Volunteer Door Knockers Paula Hoy and Wendy McInnes celebrate another successful WDHS Door Knock Appeal, with Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald.
Photo courtesy of the Hamilton Spectator.

The final coins have been counted and the tally decided for the Western District Health Service (WDHS) Annual Door Knock Appeal, with a staggering $61,737 raised for the Hamilton, Penshurst and Coleraine campuses.

Over $48,000 was donated for the new cancer treatment and dialysis area at Hamilton Base Hospital, $10,000 for Cora’s Way outdoor area at Penshurst and nearly $3,000 to purchase a pressure relief chair for aged care residents in Coleraine.

On hand for a photo opportunity to celebrate the final tally were neighbours Wendy McInnes and Paula Hoy, who have joined forces for the past five years to be part of the one hundred strong volunteer door knock team.

“We enjoy the Appeal, we are friends and it’s an opportunity for us to get out and about and walk together for a great cause.

It’s quite social and occasionally we even get offered a cuppa. We also have a little competition with each other to try to raise more than we did the previous year,” Wendy said.

This year Coleraine was involved in the Appeal via mail-out for the first time. Monivae VCAL students also took to the streets, as well as students from the Standing Tall program and The Hamilton & Alexandra College.

WDHS Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald said he is consistently in awe of both the efforts of volunteers and the generosity of the community.

“It’s amazing really and we are so appreciative of the support we receive. Without the 110 plus volunteers who hit the streets each year to door knock on behalf of WDHS, this appeal would not be possible.

Many of our door knockers are staff, or ex staff, or volunteers in other areas of the Health Service and they continue to be involved year after year.

This year we are seeing the culmination of the fundraising for the cancer treatment and dialysis area, with a large percentage of Appeal donations contributing to this significant community project.

Similarly the projects funded at both Penshurst and Coleraine will make a real and positive difference to the lives of residents in these facilities,” Mr Fitzgerald said.