Daffodil donations support community health

A whopping fifty thousand daffodil bulbs have been donated for West Gippsland Hospital’s annual fundraiser for its Allied and Community Health programs.

It’s the 25th year the Blyth family at Ellinbank has donated bulbs to sell during Autumn to help raise money for equipment and resources. Last year proceeds from the sale of bulbs raised more than $20,000.

Staff presented some of the equipment purchased from last year’s bulb sales at a special morning tea held to launch this year’s campaign.

WGHG Director Allied and Community Health, Audra Fenton, said the fundraiser had enabled the purchase of equipment to support clients recovering from surgery, injuries or to manage health conditions.

“This includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, community rehabilitation, podiatry, dietetics, speech pathology, diabetes education, social work, counselling, and more.

Equipment purchased includes a new paediatric mat, exercise equipment including aerobic steps and step risers, dumb bells, stop watches, lap tops, slide boards, a wheelchair, and a myriad of resources to benefit people needing rehabilitation or to manage health conditions.

WGHG Board Chair, Christine Holland, thanked the Blyth Bros Farm for their continued generous support.

“The bulb fundraiser is a well-known and popular event amongst the community. We also thank the local businesses who provide an outlet to sell the bulbs with 100% of proceeds from sales going directly to the West Gippsland Healthcare Group. We could not do this without them.”

Businesses who have volunteered to sell bulbs include Town and Country Gallery in Yarragon, Grange Café at Warragul, Drouin Auxiliary Opportunity Shop, Down to Earth Garden Supplies at Drouin, Trafalgar Opportunity Shop, IGA Supermarket in Bunyip, and Lardner Park Farmworld which supports a stand for volunteers and staff to sell bulbs.

Bulbs are also available at West Gippsland Hospital reception in Landsborough Street, Warragul and Allied and Community Health centre in Gladstone Street.

For more information, contact the Public Relations Manager on 03 5623 0600.