MARYBOROUGH District Health and Service only opened its new pallative care suite last week but is already looking to start the fourth stage of its CancerCare Project.
The suite is called Merrin and features cancer patient transport vehicle, a CT scanner and a place for family members to stay.
With the unit now up and running, MDHS has begun to raise funds for the next and final part of the project – a $1.1 million wellness and support centre.
The centre will provide space for community information and education, specialist consultations and a variety of evidence-based complementary therapy support.
Maryborough and Avoca’s Bendigo Bank branches have kick-started the appeal with a $100,000 donation, which consists of an initial $50,000 to start the appeal then $50,000 over the next five years to support the project.
Senior manager Stuart McGibbon is encouraging the public to donate to the new centre by calling into any Bendigo Bank branch locally or donating online.
“I don’t know many people who haven’t been impacted by cancer, whether it is a grandparent, parent, brother or sister, partner, child, friend,” Mr McGibbon said.
“I urge everyone in our community to donate to this appeal and help the Maryborough District Health Service get this project under way for the benefit of those people battling serious illness and their families and carers.”
He said it was the single largest community contribution made by the Avoca and Maryborough Community Bank branches.
MDHS board president Wendy McIvor said she was sure the community would get behind the new project.
“I want to congratulate the community in what they have already achieved,” she said.
“I am confident that they will again support MDHS as it aims to establish another important community resource.”