NURSE TREKS FOR HOS­PI­TAL

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Laura Telford laura.telford@balon­nebea­con.com.au

DIRRANBANDI nurse Leon Brown (sec­ond from left), flanked by sup­port­ers, walked from Dirranbandi to St George on the week­end, cov­er­ing 100km in just over 15 hours. He was rais­ing money for the Dirranbandi Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary and so far has raised more than $13,000.

IN AN ex­tra­or­di­nary feat, Dirranbandi nurse Leon Brown walked from Dirranbandi Hos­pi­tal to St George Hos­pi­tal on the week­end to raise money for hos­pi­tal aux­il­iary.

The trek took 15.5 hours and cov­ered 100km – 80km on dirt roads. It be­gan around 10am Satur­day, with Mr Brown strid­ing into St George hos­pi­tal around 1.30am Sun­day.

Back in June, Mr Brown, a Mul­ti­pur­pose Health Ser­vice en­rolled nurse said he hoped to raise $10,000 and, since ini­ti­at­ing the walk, has raised more than $13,000 with do­na­tions still be­ing re­ceived.

“The sup­port I have been given has been bril­liant,” he said.

“I have re­ceived a lot of sup­port from the com­mu­nity and a lot of the money raised has been done so lo­cally which is fan­tas­tic.”

Mr Brown said the wish list of items to buy with the money raised in­cluded an air-lift chair, an elec­tric care chair, a man­ual stand­ing sup­port lift and a four-way sheet set but now there has been ex­tra money raised, he has put out the call to the Dirranbandi com­mu­nity to see what else peo­ple might need.

“The money will be used to pur­chase equip­ment that can en­hance the ser­vices of­fered by the hos­pi­tal to lo­cal res­i­dents.”

For such an epic trek, you could mis­tak­enly as­sume Mr Brown trained hard but, when ques­tioned, said that was not the case.

“In the lead-up to the walk I ini­tially tried to get in some train­ing but, in the end, all I did was play one game of net­ball and one game of touch footy a week.”

Mr Brown said he was keen to give back some­thing to the com­mu­nity he served for more than two and a half years.

“In the time I have been in Dirranbandi, I have been con­tin­u­ally in awe of the strong sense of sup­port dis­played by the com­mu­nity for its hos­pi­tal and the qual­ity of ser­vice pro­vided by my hos­pi­tal col­leagues.”

“I just want to say a big thank you to ev­ery­one who has helped, it has been a com­mu­nity ef­fort and with­out you it wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble.”

❝ The money will be used to pur­chase equip­ment that can en­hance the ser­vices of­fered by the hos­pi­tal to lo­cal res­i­dents — Leon Brown

PHOTO: LAURA TELFORD

PHOTO: LAURA TELFORD

IN­CRED­I­BLE: Leon Brown (third from left), pic­tured with his sup­port crew, walked from Dirranbandi Hos­pi­tal to St George Hos­pi­tal on the week­end, in just over 15 hours, to raise money for the Dirranbandi Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary.

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