Ro­tary Lodge is a home away from home

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

AN EX­PAN­SION to Ro­tary Lodge in Bund­aberg has been fin­ished just in time to wel­come new guests un­der­go­ing a range of med­i­cal is­sues.

Since open­ing three weeks ago, not only has the four-bed­room ex­ten­sion been full ev­ery night but so have the five other rooms in the orig­i­nal lodge.

Bund­aberg Health Ser­vices Foun­da­tion man­ager Maria Bur­net said she was amazed at the con­sis­tent 100% oc­cu­pancy, with the ca­pac­ity to ac­com­mo­date up to

19 peo­ple.

“Th­ese peo­ple would have needed to out­lay a lot of money to pay for mo­tels if we didn’t have the ex­ten­sion open when we did,” she said.

“Most of the peo­ple are here for can­cer or ra­di­a­tion treat­ment for up to six weeks at a time, so be­ing able to give them a home-away-from-home dur­ing this stress­ful time is won­der­ful.”

Guest Max Lind­say, from Monto, ar­rived late May and will stay for eight weeks for can­cer treat­ment.

“This is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic, this lodge, and with­out it I would have been out­lay­ing thou­sands of dol­lars for mo­tels, who can af­ford that?” he said.

“It also has meant I haven’t needed to travel to Bris­bane, which would have been even more ex­pen­sive.”

The foun­da­tion has man­aged the lodge for six years and the ex­pan­sion of the garage cost $151,000 but they also re­ceived a $10,000 fund­ing grant from Dry July to buy fur­nish­ings.

Ms Bur­net said peo­ple in the North Bur­nett com­mu­ni­ties were the ma­jor users of the lodge and to en­able the foun­da­tion to con­tinue sup­port­ing them a fundrais­ing cam­paign is run­ning to cover th­ese costs.

“We have wel­comed 5985 peo­ple since open­ing our doors in March 2010. Al­most 600 pa­tients have been out­sourced to Mater Hos­pi­tal ac­com­mo­da­tion units due to the lodge be­ing at ca­pac­ity,” she said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SUP­PORT SYS­TEM: Monto’s Max Lind­say with Bund­aberg Health Ser­vices Foun­da­tion man­ager Maria Bur­net.

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