Radiotherapy centre benefits from craft: pictures

A GROUP of crafty ladies from Bendigo's Rosedale Village are weaving their magic on the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s Bendigo Radiotherapy Centre.

The village's craft group lovingly created a quilt and raffled it, raising $2150 for the Bendigo Radiotherapy Foundation.

The money will be used to buy a large computer screen with digitiser pen, allowing clinicians and radiation therapists to draw on the screen volumes of interest.

The technology will make radiation therapy planning quicker and easier. 

Representatives from the Rosedale Village craft group visited the Bendigo Radiotherapy Centre this week for a cheque hand-over and to see how the money would be spent.

Group co-ordinator Marion Shay said they made a quilt every year but usually donated money to Bendigo Health's oncology unit.

"This is the sixth quilt we've done," she said.

"Up until this year we've given the money to oncology but this year we decided to give it to radiotherapy.

"There have been so many of our members affected by cancer so we felt it was a worthy cause."

The craft group boasts about 12 members.

"Everyone from our craft group has done a square and a friend of mine has quilted it," Ms Shay said.

"We raised over a $1000 through the raffle, with the quilt as the prize, a lady from Donald won it.

"We also have a cancer morning tea, a craft morning tea, and we made another $1000 through that."

David Doleman from the Bendigo Radiotherapy Foundation met with representatives from the craft group on Tuesday.

"With construction of the new Bendigo Hospital occurring the foundation and the Bendigo Radiotherapy Centre are only considering support that will still be needed when the new hospital is completed," he said.

Mr Doleman said the large computer screen with digitiser pen had been identified as an appropriate purchase.

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