Rural and regional communities could have a name at Rotary Lodge dedicated to them as part of a special capital fundraising campaign which has been launched.
The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation has leased a five-bedroom house in Bundaberg which offers low-cost accommodation for patients and their carers who require accommodation while gaining hospital treatment in Bundaberg.
Representatives of the Foundation did tour of the North Burnett recently to raise awareness of the need to fundraise to ensure the doors remain open.
The foundation has also announced a naming rites campaign.
There are five bedrooms at the “Lodge” and the Foundation is proposing that 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, 2011 and this will be a yearly fundraising initiative.
The communities that will be among the bigger users of the lodge are Gayndah, Gin Gin, Childers, Mt Perry, Agnes Water, Biggenden, Monto, Mundubbera and Eidsvold, so the challenge is now on for them to support the fundraising campaign.
Bundaberg will also be in the running for the naming rites.
“This is a community-based project for the community and it needs each and every one in the community to support it,’’ Foundation chairman Janet Tallon said.
“Bundaberg people have always dug deep for their rural neighbours in times of need and donations from local groups and or individuals will also be tallied for this campaign. And a number of locals have already been extremely generous in supporting the Lodge,’’ she said.
“While the Foundation, which is a not-for-profit charitable organisation, will pay a lease and manage the Lodge, ongoing maintenance, insurance and associated costs will be expensive.
“This is a considerably large project that we have undertaken and we will need around $70,000 a year to cover the lease and these expenses,’’ added Mrs Tallon.
“Unfortunately illness or accidents can happen to anyone, at any time, and whether they are cancer sufferers, sick children, newborns, pregnant mothers, those needing surgery or medical care, this is an opportunity for people to help their fellow community members in their time of need,” said Deputy chair Marilyn King.
“The rural communities have been calling for such a service for over 10 years, and our Foundation has finally made it a reality. But for it to be a success it need on going community support,” Ms King said.
“People are genuinely thrilled that the “Lodge” is finally open as it will relieve a lot of financial strain and save the need for hefty motel bills,’’ Mrs Tallon said.
Funds raised in each town and money donated to the Foundation will be banked in our specific “Lodge” account and tallied towards that town. The Foundation will provide monthly updates to the media so that towns know where they stand in the fundraising stakes.
For further information on the naming rites campaign please telephone the Foundation on 4150 2863.