#GiveBack to Bendigo Hospital

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 07-Sep-2017

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By KEITH SUTHERLAND
Chair of the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal committee 

AS Bendigo’s population continues to grow and our friends and family are living longer, Bendigo Health is depended upon more than ever.

The New Bendigo Hospital Appeal is a time limited campaign dedicated to raising funds for state of the art equipment for the new Bendigo Hospital. 

I was honoured to be appointed as chairman of the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal Committee in 2016 and have been joined by Boort farmer and Loddon Shire mayor Neil Beattie, Bendigo lawyer Melissa Buchanan and Bendigo business woman Vicki Gaudion. 

Together we have met with community leaders to seek support for the appeal and to date about $2 million has been raised.

We thank all those families, community groups and businesses that have already been part of this appeal for their leading and incredibly generous support. 

We are now turning to our broader community to ask for assistance to give back to the health service that is always there when we need it. 

With the funds raised through the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal, Bendigo Health Foundation will buy top of the range equipment, outside the scope of government funding that will continue to build the breadth of services offered in the region.  

The identified equipment is a second cardiac catheter laboratory to provide 24/7 emergency cardiac interventions; an ophthalmic microscope for interventional high-level surgery and a pharmacy robotic system. 

This will also allow Bendigo Health staff to provide the best possible treatment and care in our new world class healthcare facility so that the community can remain close to home when they need health care.

To promote the appeal, we are thrilled to launch the #GiveBack campaign which features three families who use Bendigo Health’s services. 

Young Lukas and his boomerang, Robert “Cookie” Cook and Neil Beattie will feature on radio, television, cinema and print to raise awareness of the appeal. 

Also over the coming weeks, Bendigo Health Foundation will send a letter to every address in the Loddon Mallee region, giving everyone a chance to be part of the appeal. 

This is a first for Bendigo Health and we are confident it will be an enormous success. 

Every donation is an investment in the health and wellbeing of our community and I encourage you to consider being part of the #GiveBack campaign by donating today.

For further information please log on to www.bendigohealthfoundation.org.au

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