Bid to save bone and tis­sue bank

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

A COM­MU­NITY group is ral­ly­ing be­hind the state’s only bone and tis­sue do­na­tion ser­vice in the hopes of stop­ping it from clos­ing.

The Ro­tary Club of Mill Point will host the Ro­tary Char­ity Golf Day next Fri­day to raise funds for PlusLife.

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, PlusLife will re­ceive 50 per cent of the funds raised from the tour­na­ment at Royal Perth Golf Club in South Perth.

The re­main­ing funds will be chan­nelled into lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional projects run by Ro­tary.

PlusLife is seek­ing $10 mil­lion from the State Gov­ern­ment to build new fa­cil­i­ties, with the cur­rent ten­ancy at Hol­ly­wood Hospi­tal in Ned­lands due to ex­pire in 2017.

Bone and tis­sue do­na­tions are re­quired al­most daily to treat pa­tients with spinal de­for­mi­ties, bone can­cers, arthritic joint dis­ease, sport­ing in­juries and fa­cial re­con­struc­tion surgery.

Ro­tary Club of Mill Point pres­i­dent Alison Thair said the club was proud to fundraise for such a wor­thy com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“There is not enough aware­ness about the fan­tas­tic and lifechang­ing role PlusLife plays in our com­mu­nity,” Ms Thair said.

“This is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that d453394 does in­cred­i­ble work in terms of the do­na­tions, the prepa­ra­tion of those do­na­tions to pro­duce the bone and tis­sue grafts, the la­belling and stor­age of them, and then pro­vid­ing them to sur­geons for the treat­ment of pa­tients.

“Through PlusLife, many of these pa­tients are saved the trauma of limb am­pu­ta­tion and many are able to re­tain their own in­de­pen­dence to live a nor­mal life.”

PlusLife manag­ing direc­tor Anne Cowie said money raised from the char­ity golf day would go to­wards fund­ing new premises in Mid­land.

In­di­vid­ual reg­is­tra­tions for the char­ity golf day are $220 and in­clude lunch, 18 holes of golf, on­course drinks fol­lowed by canapes and bev­er­ages.

More in­for­ma­tion at­book­ing­man­ mill­point­golf­day.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Anne Cowie, Kerry Hard­wick and Alison Thair.

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