NURSE TREKS FOR HOSPITAL
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
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.