Ready to hit the streets for the WDHS Door Knock Appeal are several of our volunteer door knockers, pictured in the Cancer and Dialysis construction zone with tradie Sam Madden and local builder, Travis McLeod
It’s that time of the year again, when over one hundred volunteers door knock and letter drop our streets to raise funds for equipment and facility upgrades at Western District Health Service (WDHS).
Volunteers will be out and about in Hamilton and Penshurst between May 12 and 20, and residents in Coleraine and in other rural areas can also expect to receive flyers in the mail, seeking appeal donations.
WDHS Acting Chief Executive, Nick Starkie says locals can choose to donate to three different projects, including the much anticipated Cancer and Dialysis Centre at Hamilton Base Hospital.
“Our community has contributed over $1.8million to this project, which is now under construction and on track for completion in late July / early August.
This project has been solely funded thanks to community donations and fundraising and I think this speaks volumes about the incredible spirit and generosity of the people in our region.
It’s been a fantastic effort and we now need just $130,000 to complete the facility,” Mr Starkie said.
For the last few years, the Hospital Door Knock Appeal has also included options for people to donate to the Penshurst and Coleraine campuses.
“People can also choose to donate to the Cora’s Way Outdoor Entertainment Area at Penshurst, which was constructed with funds raised during last year’s Appeal. We now need lounge and dining furniture, so that residents and visitors can take full advantage of this wonderful new outdoor space.
At the Coleraine campus, a portable bladder scanner is required, to support the health of residents. The scanner is an ultrasound device that noninvasively helps medical staff diagnose, manage and treat urinary dysfunction,” Mr Starkie said.
The Door Knock has been extraordinarily successful in supporting new equipment purchases and facility upgrades over the years and Mr Starkie says this is largely thanks to the army of door knockers who volunteer their time each year.
“Without these staff members, farmers, business leaders, schoolchildren, sportspeople and WDHS volunteers, the Appeal would not be possible. The time they contribute is invaluable and we are very grateful for their support,” Mr Starkie said.