The thermometer indicating the tally for the Naming Rights Challenge for Rotary Lodge between towns is starting to heat up.
Bundaberg has made major donations in recent weeks with Bundaberg East Rotary donating $3000 and the Hinkler CWA Branch ($500).
Bundaberg East Rotary was one of the service clubs which donated funds to buy furnishing for the Lodge, and is about to embark on the construction of a children’s play area and outdoor area for patients and carers to use during their stay.
The Club has received $1500 through a Rotary funding grant and is expected to start work in the near future, as well as purchasing a Wii bundle and games for children staying at the Lodge.
Gayndah’s tally has also been significantly boosted with a $500 donation from Gayndah Cottage Craft and Gayndah Arthritis Support Group ($260) as has Monto with Monto Rotary Club giving $941. Mundubberra Lemon Quilters has donated $750 boosting that town’s overall total.
The Lodge, operated by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation, is a low-cost accommodation option for patient and their carers who require medical treatment at any of the Bundaberg Hospitals.
There are five bedrooms at the “Lodge” and as part of the Naming Rights Challenge, the first five communities to raise the largest monetary amount will get naming rites to one of those bedrooms. Money will need to be raised by October 1, 2012.
Bundaberg Health Services Foundation chairman Janet Tallon said the Challenge gave those communities who have been calling on this facility for many years the chance to get behind it and raise necessary funds to keep it operational.
“It is terrific that communities are joining us in this major fundraising campaign as the future success of the Lodge depends on support from the people who wanted it,’’ Mrs Tallon said.
Other donations have been received from Anglican Ladies Guild of Biggenden ($100), Biggenden community ($120), St Matthews Anglican Church Gayndah ($75), Monto Quilters $100.
For further information on the naming rights challenge, to register a fundraising event for the Lodge or to book into the Lodge please phone the Foundation on 4150 2863.
North Burnett Naming Rites Tally to date (July 31):
Mt Perry $1694
Gin Gin $500
Agnes Water $10