Spreading cheer in Oncology

Volunteers from the Hallora Hall Committee were given a welcome reception by staff and patients in the Oncology Centre at the West Gippsland Hospital.

The group presented a cheque for $3,100 to assist equipment purchases for Oncology which provides vital treatment, support and care for people living with cancer.

Hallora Hall Committee Vice President, Linet McNamara, said it was wonderful to visit the facility and see how important it is in providing specialised treatment for people in the local area so they don’t have to travel long distances for care.

“Our Committee has been fundraising for months with support from a small group of volunteers who made and sold hundreds of relishes, chutneys and jams and also held an afternoon high tea fundraiser.”

“We chose the Oncology Unit for our fundraising drive as some of our members have experienced first-hand the support and care provided by staff to their loved ones.”

Fundraiser, Dorothy Heywood, said to have a Unit in West Gippsland makes such a difference to the person needing treatment and to those around them.

Dorothy personally contributed hundreds of jars of preserves for the fundraising effort from fruit and vegetables grown from her own garden.

WGHG Oncology Acting Manager, Geraldine Freriks, said the work the group had put in for the Oncology Unit was inspiring.

“The staff and patients were thrilled to meet some of the volunteers and welcome them to see the facility. This donation is gratefully accepted and will help us to purchase additional equipment to benefit our patients.”

The Oncology service provided by the West Gippsland Healthcare Group provides treatment tailored to people’s individual needs in a cheerful and relaxed environment. The service operates each Wednesday from the West Gippsland Hospital.