Cancer centre appeal gathers momentum

 Colac and district’s community has helped raise more than $80,000 so far for the Colac Area Health Foundation’s Long Road Appeal. Pictured are CAH Foundation community liaison officer Karen Harvey and the foundation’s chairman Richard Riordan.

Colac and district’s community has helped raise more than $80,000 so far for the Colac Area Health Foundation’s Long Road Appeal. Pictured are CAH Foundation community liaison officer Karen Harvey and the foundation’s chairman Richard Riordan.

COLAC people have thrown support behind a new cancer centre fundraiser, with families and businesses helping to raise more than $80,000 in four months.

Colac Area Health Foundation’s Long Road Appeal launched in August and aims to reach $250,000 from the Colac district community to build a low-risk-chemotherapy cancer treatment centre in Colac.

The foundation’s community liaison officer Karen Harvey said the appeal reached “just over $80,000 the other day” and was “doing amazingly well” with support from sporting clubs, corporate groups and private donations.

“We had a lady have a garage sale and donated proceeds to the appeal, we also had a woman who won some money and donated half of what she won to the appeal,” she said.

Ms Harvey said Colac company HiCo’s annual Christmas event, Cockies Picnic, contributed $1600 to the Long Road Appeal last week.

Colac Area Health Foundation chairman Richard Riordan said he was impressed with “the amount of family groups and workplace groups” involved in fundraising for the appeal.

“From individuals to families to the work place, groups have had fundraisers that have helped,” he said.

“For organisations that like to plan out their philanthropic activities, we will have a big drive at the end of the financial year, and all donations are tax deductable,” he said.

Ms Harvey said she would be happy to help groups with fundraising ideas.

“If you are thinking of having a fundraising event, Colac Area Health Foundation is there to help if needs be, with banners and publicity material.”

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