Grant secured for much-needed accommodation model

04 Dec 2023

The Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club has generously granted the Mildura Health Foundation $25,000, saying they identified that the Patient Accommodation Project as “critically important” to the local area.

Club General Manager Craig Muir said the project, which will further support patients undergoing radiation treatment at the Mildura Health Icon Cancer Centre by providing them with accommodation during their treatment, would reduce many unnecessary stressors for families across the region.

“As a community organisation that deals with many people and families, we regretfully come across many who are impacted by illness, but more specifically cancer, and there is a requirement for these families to travel and stay outside of the local area in order to seek treatment,” Mr Muir said.

“Therefore, being able to provide access to accommodation to support family members will significantly reduce this burden and stress.”

He said there was a great need for such an accommodation model locally, which would also go towards boosting overall healthcare.  

“We identify that this project is critically important to our area – firstly to the individual families utilising the facilities, but equally important as another factor in developing our health services within the area,” Mr Muir said.

“The Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club congratulates Mildura Health Foundation on the initiative to further enhance our health facilities and provide facilities that will have enormous impact on those families impacted by cancer.

“We are delighted to play a small role in assisting the delivery of this community asset.”

Mildura Health CEO Gerard Op de Coul and Mildura Health Foundation Chair Terry Hill were presented with an acknowledgement certificate by the Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club at a recent presentation.

“As a community club our charter is to support our members, but equally to provide assistance and partner with other community organisations to improve and develop our community services and facilities,” Mr Muir said.

The generous contribution was part of the ClubGRANTS 2023 Category One grants program.