Oncology appeal total is growing steadily

CENTRAL Gippsland Health Service has reached more than a quarter of the $1 million needed to help fund the expansion of its oncology department.

The planned redevelopment will extend the current area to create nine separate patient bays, allowing more privacy for patients and more room for staff and patients.

Community fundraising and committed support has resulted in a total $285,504 so far.

This comprises $4750 from a crackerjack bowls nights, $6674 from Gippsland’s Got Talent, $23,795 from the CGHS Hollywood Ball and $37,285 from the recent Maffra Dramatic Society’s production of Calendar Girls.

General donations total $63,000 and commitments $150,000.

The next major fundraising event is the Face of Australia Food, Wine and Music Festival at the Port of Sale on Saturday, April 5, from 11.30am to 11.30pm.

Cost will be $20 per adult.

This will be a celebration of Australia’s cultural mosaic, providing a world tour of cultures that have shaped the face of the nation.

Central Gippsland Health Service chief executive Dr Frank Evans said the expanded oncology area would greatly benefit local patients.

“We now have more patients taking up that opportunity in our local facility,” Dr Evans said.

“The planned extension will help meet that need, with chemotherapy treatments provided in Sale for more people while decreasing the travel requirements for patients.”

Dr Evans said in the current economic climate, CGHS was more reliant on public support for such redevelopments.

“We’re hoping the general public will support these fundraising events and our general appeal, as this will help us provide a better service for those people undergoing cancer treatment in the local community,” he added.