Rotary Lodge is a home away from home
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
“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.
SUPPORT SYSTEM: Monto’s Max Lindsay with Bundaberg Health Services Foundation manager Maria Burnet.