The BCH Inverloch Fundraising Auxiliary was pleased to receive a cheque of $2665.45 from the members of the Inverloch Men’s Shed.
Christine Henderson, BCH Executive Director of Clinical Services and Terry Hall, Secretary of the Auxiliary, met with the Inverloch Men’s Shed members to receive the cheque from Men’s Shed President Matt McDonald.
The men raised the funds at a recent Inverloch Market. The Auxiliary will put the funds towards a much-needed ultrasound machine. The ultrasound will assist in the placement of devices (known as PICCs and ports) that allow repeated access to the bloodstream for chemotherapy to be administered. We hope to be able to do this procedure locally from next year as our patients currently travel out of the area to have the devices inserted.
The ultrasound will also assist in diagnostic and palliative procedures where fluid needs to be drained from the abdomen or the lung.
“We are so grateful to the Inverloch community and businesses for getting behind our second fundraising effort for cancer services,” said Terry Hall.
“We have raised $24,390.34 so far towards the $60,000 ultrasound machine. We have also had very generous donations that have enabled eight pieces of equipment for cancer to be purchased.
“Last month, Inverloch Rotary donated $4,000 and Vaughan’s Café and the Garden Club of Inverloch offered $500 each. Every donation makes a difference, including from individuals. It is very encouraging to be supported by our community to raise funds that will benefit our local healthcare services.
“All told the total funds raised to date amount to $42,826.34 since December, a tremendous collective effort.”
To support the Auxiliary, contact Terry on 0439 032 979.