The Prestige in Giving Back

12 Jun 2024

Prestige Staffing proudly supports community endeavours through a range of projects and groups and this week, it has announced a contribution that will positively impact health care in the Mallee region for decades to come.

In a meeting with Mildura Health Foundation Board Director, Ms. Amanda Phillips, Managing Director of Prestige Staffing, Mr. Grant Beggs, confirmed a $50,000 donation to support the construction of the Dr. Julie Zrna Centre, an accommodation hub for people travelling to Mildura to receive radiation cancer treatment.

“When I heard about the Mildura Health Foundation project, it hit me right in the heart for a couple of reasons,” Mr. Beggs said.

“One – purely what it is – accommodation for people going through cancer treatment and two – the Foundation’s vision of where they want to go in terms of a quality, connected health care service.

“I could see that the accommodation was very much needed and that the Dr. Julie Zrna Centre was just the start of the Foundation’s much bigger plan to improve health care options for people around our region.

“Cancer touches so many people and for those living in northwest Victoria and far west New South Wales, its impact is so much greater – travelling to Melbourne or Adelaide – all the drama that goes with that…

“I was shocked to learn that many people refuse treatment because the cost and everything associated with travelling away was too much. To get this hub built; to have quality treatment options here, that is a game-changer, and I knew we had to support it.”

Mr. Beggs was also impressed by the Foundation’s commitment to using local trades and services wherever possible and he said that made the project even more valuable.

“Construction will boost employment, as will the ongoing operations and future growth. The more you can do locally, the more that grows from it.

“The Mildura Health Icon Centre, the redeveloped Private Hospital, and the accommodation hub, it attracts more specialists, more treatments are introduced. It all builds on itself.”

Ms. Phillips said that because of the financial support of individuals and organisations such as Prestige Staffing, stage one construction of the accommodation hub will soon commence, and she encouraged other businesses to follow Prestige’s example.

“Everyone has been so incredibly generous since the Foundation launched just over twelve months ago.

“We are based in the community, for the benefit of community and we could not do it without the support of people like Grant and businesses like Prestige.

“Every donation makes a difference, and contributions go directly to the project you’ve donated to.”

Mr. Beggs backed the call for more donations, saying he felt it is ‘almost a requirement of businesses’ to give back to the community and that the Foundation is a powerful way to do it.

“Donate as much you can because everyone wins out of this project. If we all contribute, we can impact our community, its health, wellbeing, and choices, for years to come.

“It’s just the right thing to do.”