Community Bank Coleraine donation helps WDHS reach $1 million MRI milestone

Caption: Community Bank Coleraine Chair, Simon Ferrier and Branch Manager, Mary-Ann Summers with WDHS Fundraising Committee Chair Vicki Whyte and WDHS Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald

The Community Bank Coleraine has donated $50,000 to the MRI for U&I Appeal, taking the total funds raised to over $1 million.

Community Bank Coleraine Board Chair, Simon Ferrier says the MRI project was something the Board, Branch staff and customers were eager to support.

“We’re a community bank, and giving back is a key part of what we do. Our goal is to return profits to our local community, and since the branch was established in 2003 we’ve donated over $1 million to local causes.

When you bank with a community bank you are investing in the region. In this case to ensure locals have access to the best available tests for diagnosing and monitoring everything from cancers, to stroke and sports injuries.

We are very pleased to be supporting a project that will make such a difference to the lives of so many in Coleraine and across the Southern Grampians,” Mr Ferrier said.

WDHS Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald says he is inspired by the generosity of so many in the community and grateful to the many people who have contributed to making the dream of a local MRI close to reality.

“It’s been quite extraordinary, the Health Service has always been really well supported by the community, but the response to this Appeal has been truly humbling.

We are incredibly grateful to the Community Bank Coleraine Board, Branch Manager, Mary Ann Summers, bank staff, customers and shareholders for this substantial donation to our Appeal,” he said

With a number of upcoming fundraisers earmarked for the MRI and government grants in the pipeline, Mr Fitzgerald expects the project to be completed later this year.

“To date we have raised $1,032,000, and with possible grants and major events including October’s Medicine Ball gala and a soon to be launched raffle all going towards the MRI project, we are getting close to the finish line.

The recent Federal budget announcement regarding the licence also means we can push ahead knowing that patients will be able to get the scans they need, close to home, without high out-of-pocket expenses,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

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