GETTING CLOSE: Volunteers Peter Still and Marg Wilford outside a current treatment ward, thinking ahead to fund raisers that will help pay off the new palliative care unit.The Cancer Outpatients Appeal (COA) is now 80 per cent of its way its to targeted contribution forthe new palliative care unit at Milton Hospital.
After committing to direct its energies to this cause last year, COA has raised nearly $600,000 towards the unit, to combine with crucial State Government funding.
They are planning a number of functions to raise the remaining $100,000 to reach their target.
The first will be a teams golf day on Friday September 2 at the Mollymook Hilltop course, promising fun and prizes, including a car for a hole in one.
On September 17, Mollymook Bowling Clubwill host a repeat of its well-loved casino evening and then COA will stage its popular Melbourne Cup event at Cupitts Winery on November 1.
COA president, Peter Still, said the palliative care unit is expected to open later this year.
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District recognises COA volunteers, who receive no remuneration, as the official community fund raisersfor current palliative and cancer services.
The area health service bureaucracy approved plans for the palliative care facilities to be built above the new renal care unit when, after negotiations, COA committed to making a substantial financial contribution.
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