North Burnett Regional Council has once again shown its support of Rotary Lodge donating an incredible $10,000 to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation to help rural patients who use the home.
Hundred of rural patients need to travel to Bundaberg each year for medical treatment and the Lodge offers these patients and their carers a low-cost accommodation option.
This is the second donation of its kind from the Council which is extremely generous given the major natural disasters and rebuilding the council has had to undertake as well this year.
Mayor Don Waugh said that having this service for the rural communities within the North Burnett Regional Council boundaries was vital.
“It is a major help with people who have to travel long distances, and having somewhere safe and affordable during a difficult medical time is important,’’ he said.
“The Lodge has been a very positive influence for those people living in the North Burnett and also has improved the health and well-being of our region.”
With the doubling of the PTSS scheme in January this year from $30 to $60, patients who are eligible and approved prior to travelling to Bundaberg for medical treatment now stay free of charge. Those who are not eligible pay just $40 per person which is considerably less than a motel.
The $10,000 will be equally divided between Mt Perry, Mundubbera, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto and Biggenden as part of the 2013 Naming Rites Challenge which is currently underway as a capital fundraiser and ends on September 30.
Since the lodge opened in March 2011 it has been a home-away-from home for 588 people during a difficult medical time – Monto (138), Other parts of QLD (106), Mundubbera (90), Gayndah (69), Biggenden (58), Agnes Water (47), Eidsvold (37), Childers (19), Gin Gin (18), Mt Perry (6)
Other donations during June: Biggenden Bowls Club $236, Rotary Club Bundaberg City Daybreak $500, Gayndah Cottage Crafts $600, Mundubbera Lions Ladies $150, Rotary Club of Bundaberg East $1000.
North Burnett Naming Rites Tally to date (June 30):
Biggenden $11,714, Bundaberg $6160, Gayndah $4566, Eidsvold $4166, Mt Perry $2666, Monto $2418, Mundubbera $1816, Childers $1000.
For further information on the challenge, to register a fundraising event for the Lodge or to book into the Lodge please phone the Foundation on 4150 2863.