Freemasons donate to Dialysis project

The Freemasons Victoria United Ararat Lodge Social Club and Freemasons Benevolent Fund jointly donated $5750 towards the Dialysis Unit Treatment Chair Replacement Project.

The Freemasons joined the 2019 Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay teams and the East Grampians Health Service Auxiliary in fundraising for the project to replace seven chairs.

The aim of the project was to improve the health and wellbeing of patients who undergo dialysis treatment several times a week, and who have to sit for up to four to five hours at a time.

The treatment chairs were found to be ageing and no longer suitable for either patients undergoing treatment or staff treating the patients.

The new treatment chairs are state-of-the-art and feature safety and comfort features that ensure patients are not put at risk while sitting for extended periods of time and have already significantly improved their lives.

“The donation made a significant contribution towards the replacement of seven chairs in the Dialysis Unit at East Grampians Health Service,” EGHS chief executive Andrew Freeman said.

“On behalf of the board and staff at East Grampians Health Service, I would like to thank the local Ararat Freemasons as well as the Freemasons Benevolent Fund for their generous donation.”

Pictured L-R, EGHS chief executive Andrew Freeman, Associate Nurse Unit Manager of the Dialysis Unit Lionel Holt and Bill Jones, from the Freemasons Victoria United Ararat Lodge, with one of the new treatment chairs