Locals offer support for hospital project
FUNDRAISING for the Albury Accommodation Unit got a further boost recently, with regional service clubs pledging their support.
More than 80 members of various service clubs discussed their involvement at a meeting at the Finley RS Club.
Participants came from Deniliquin, Jerilderie, Tocumwal, Barooga, Berrigan and Finley, and represented Soroptimists, Rotary, Apex, the Country Women’s Association, Red Cross and the Lions Clubs.
The proposal is to build 30 motel style units attached to Al- bury Base Hospital, to provide low cost, comfortable and safe accommodation where outpatients and their carers can stay during ongoing treatment at the hospital.
The centre is the brain child of Albury woman Maddy Dobson, whose husband was in an out of day care in Melbourne after being diagnosed with cancer.
Her story inspired the Finley meeting.
With the support of the Fight Cancer Foundation, The Zonta Club of Albury-Wodonga, Rotary and Lions, the project is now taking off.
The steering group has already purchased land adjoining the hospital, and sought government funding.
The entire project is estimated to cost $5 million.
The Federal Government has promised $1.5 million and NSW $750,000, with a similar donation also being sought from Victoria.
Fundraising in Albury Wodonga has already raised more than $700,000 from personal and corporate sponsors.
Resulting from the Finley meeting, representatives from the various clubs will seek support ideas from their members.