Man breathes easier
Through Cystic Fibrosis WA, the Rotary Club of Rockingham and the Lions Club of Rockingham have teamed up to help a young man in need, donating nearly $5000 for a portable oxygen concentrator.
Wishing to remain anonymous, the young man who suffers from cystic fibrosis is set to benefit from the donation as he goes through assessment for a double lung transplant.
Rotary and the Lions donated $2500 and $2000 respectively towards the concentrator, which has an eight-hour battery life and will improve the man’s quality of his life by allowing him independence and the ability to leave his home.
Rotary Club of Rockingham president Paul Acton said the club was proud to help the community wherever it could.
“The club is in a very fortunate position to significantly contribute back to the community as a result of money raised at our Sunday Rotary Mart,” Mr Acton said.
“It gives members pride to be able to benefit the community and help improve the quality of life for local people.”
A genetic disease, cystic fibrosis primarily affects the lungs and digestion system.
Cystic Fibrosis WA services manager Kathryn Pekin said one in 2500 babies born in Australia had cystic fibrosis.
“On average one in 25 people carry the CF gene, most of whom are unaware that they are carriers,” she said. “Management of CF is lifelong, requiring numerous medications and daily physiotherapy.”
For more on cystic fibrosis and how you can help, visit www.cysticfibrosis.org.au/wa.