The community-minded members of the Inverloch Fundraising Auxiliary have reached a milestone in their mission to enhance healthcare in the Bass Coast.
On Tuesday 28 June, Auxiliary members gave a cheque for $15,000 to Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child towards a much-needed ultrasound machine.
The machine is valued at $60,000 and will be used in theatre by patients requiring cancer services. The ultrasound will assist in the placement of devices (PICCs and ports) at Wonthaggi Hospital, saving patients the expense and inconvenience of travelling further afield.
The ultrasound will also assist in diagnostic and palliative procedures where fluid needs to be drained from the abdomen or lungs.
The Auxiliary has so far raised approximately $36,500 of the required $60,000 for the ultrasound through the selling of beanies, street stalls imparting information and seeking donations, and by approaching service clubs, community groups, businesses and community members.
“We are passionate about this cause because most people, including our members, have in some way been directly or indirectly affected by cancer,” Auxiliary President Gerry Surridge said.
“To have a quality cancer service so close to home means that many cancer sufferers, their families and carers do not need to travel to Melbourne or Latrobe Valley on a regular basis for treatment.
“The impact of continual travel on already sick people and their already stretched families is quite substantial. Local people can now be treated locally which is an excellent outcome.”
Mr Surridge said the Auxiliary members had been overwhelmed by the incredible generosity of individuals, businesses, community groups and service clubs towards their fundraising efforts.
“I thank all Auxiliary members for their tireless efforts to improving health outcomes for those in our community,” he said.
The Inverloch Fundraising Auxiliary’s most recent support continues the spirit of the significant fundraising they gave to help bring the L. Rigby Centre for cancer services at Wonthaggi Hospital into operation.