Donations to Oncology Unit

The East Grampians Health Service Oncology Unit recently received two donations.

Representatives from the Ararat Rockers and G J Gardner Homes presented cheques to EGHS oncologist Dr Craig Carden and chief executive Andrew Freeman.

The Ararat Rockers are regular donors to the oncology unit and this year donated $500, proceeds from a rock and roll dance held earlier in the year.

The annual dance in the Ararat Town Hall attracted 120 rock and rollers from across Victoria including Ararat, Horsham, Shepparton, Warrnambool, Ballarat and Melton.

The donation to the oncology unit was raised through a raffle held at the dance.

The GJ Gardner Homes’ Community Growth Program donated $315 to the oncology unit.

Clubs, schools, kindergartens, charities and not-for-profit organisations across the Ararat region, including EGHS, are benefiting from the Community Growth Program, which has been designed to give back to the community.

Any new customer that signs up with G J Gardner Homes can nominate a local organisation or charity that they support and G J Gardner Homes will contribute 0.1% of the contract price to the nominated group on their behalf.

A certificate bearing the customer’s name is also sent to the charity.

Two local residents nominated their funds go to the oncology unit at EGHS.

“On behalf of the EGHS Board, staff and oncology patients I would like to thank members of the Ararat Rockers and the GJ Gardener Homes Community Growth program for their generous donations,” EGHS chief executive Andrew Freeman said.

“The donation will go towards the purchase of chairs for our valued support people in the Oncology Unit.

“Our support people are those who accompany friends and relatives who undertake chemotherapy treatment, and who are often sitting beside the patient for an extended period of time.”

EGHS chief executive Andrew Freeman, Ararat Rockers vice president Mark Dollimore and president Pauline Alley, and EGHS oncologist Dr Craig Carden