Colac hospital raises $30,000 for cancer clinic

Colac Area Health chief executive officer Geoff Iles and community nurses Sue Mulder and Jodie Lemke at the Colac Gold Cup.

COLAC Area Health has raised almost $30,000 for a new review clinic for the district’s cancer patients.

CAH had a luncheon at the Colac Gold Cup to raise the money, with more than 200 people attending.

Colac Area Health community services director Marg White said a tally of $28,562 would help provide Colac and district people with medical oncology review services.

“This will prevent people from travelling unnecessarily because they’ll be able to receive that care in Colac instead,” Mrs White said.

The clinic will be in Colac hospital’s community services building.

Mrs White said community donations had helped make the clinic a reality.

“It’s been very well-supported from the community, including a lot of businesses who donated prizes at the lunch so we’d like to thank them all,” she said.

“Our staff worked very hard on the event as well, especially Sue Mulder and Jodie Lemke from the community nursing team.”

The Colac Area Health Foundation donated $10,000 to the new clinic.

CAH director of finance and business services Jennifer Labourne said the foundation was keen to support the new project.

“The oncology review clinic was seen as such a good cause that the foundation decided to contribute $10,000,” Mrs Labourne said.

“The foundation is still quite new and the clinic will be a new addition to Colac Area Health as well, so it seemed like a good fit,” she said.

“The foundation was established to receive significant donations from any members of the public, so this is an example of where those donations go.”

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