Lo­cals of­fer sup­port for hos­pi­tal project

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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.

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