Appeal passes $2m milestone for carer centre

Lions members Andy Mojsiewicz, Bernie Goldsworthy, Tonia Timmermans and Kay Bennett from Zonta, Ian Crossley and Alf Armstrong from Rotary at the accommodation site. Picture: DAVID THORPE Lions members Andy Mojsiewicz, Bernie Goldsworthy, Tonia Timmermans and Kay Bennett from Zonta, Ian Crossley and Alf Armstrong from Rotary at the accommodation site. Picture: DAVID THORPE
Nanjing Night Net

THE service clubs driving an appeal to raise $3 million for the Albury-Wodonga Carer Accommodation Centre are claiming a milestone.

The appeal passed the $2 million mark last month.

Local Rotary, Lions and Zonta clubs are joining with the Melbourne-based Fight Cancer Foundation to raise money for the new centre which will be completed at the end of the year and will provide accommodation for patients and carers who need to travel from throughout the North East and southern Riverina for cancer and other specialist treatment in Albury and Wodonga.

The centre is in Keene Street, Albury, next to the Albury Base Hospital.

Management committee spokesman Alf Armstrong said they were delighted with the support of the local and regional community and service clubs so far.

“We still have a way to go to meet our target and the continued generosity of the community for this badly needed facility will be required,” Mr Armstrong said.

He gave the example of a $150,000 donation and one for $50,000 which had been made by two anonymous Border donors.

“They do blow you away,” he said.

“When we started this fund-raising appeal we had an initial target of $2.5 million in 2½ years but we have been able to reduce that time frame.”

Mr Armstrong said other significant donors included $300,000 from the Cancer Council of NSW, $100,000 from both the Rotary Club of North Albury and the Albury Rotary Club Foundation, $50,000 from the Rotary Club of Belvoir Wodonga and $50,000 from Lavington Lions.

“We will have a stand at next week’s State of the Region event in Albury, giving us the opportunity to speak with a lot of local government councillors from across the region,” he said.

“There will also be $10 from every ticket sold for Friday’s hypothetical with Peter Couchman donated to the project.”

Mr Armstrong said the Albury and Wodonga councils had made a contribution of $25,000 each.

“The support from the local councils has been tremendous and we hope other councils will see the benefit for their communities,” he said.

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