COLAC Area Health wants businesses to help raise money for a cancer clinic in Colac.
CAH will have a fundraiser luncheon at the Colac Gold Cup next month, with the aim of raising $30,000 for the hospital.
Hospital chief Geoff Iles said a new medical oncology review clinic at Colac would help the district’s cancer patients.
“The intention would be to provide medical review services in Colac in partnership with the Andrew Love Centre at Barwon Health,” Mr Iles said.
“This means that people receiving treatment at Barwon Health wouldn’t have to travel between Colac and Geelong as often between their treatments,” he said.
“Instead there would be a medical oncologist who would visit Colac from Barwon Health, and we’d have a further goal of building on the workforce skills here in Colac.
“This will also be the start of Colac Area Health’s role in supporting the Andrew Love Centre in the provision of cancer services.”
CAH organised a similar luncheon last year to raise money for its palliative care unit.
Organiser and Colac Area Health nurse Sue Mulder urged Colac and district businesses to support the fundraiser.
“It’d be great for local business to get involved, it’s for such a great cause and they can enjoy the day,” Mrs Mulder said.
“Last year it was very successful, not only did it raise money for Colac Area Health but it encouraged a lot of people to come out to the races, we had some people who wouldn’t have been before had it not been for the fundraiser,” she said.
“Businesses can book a table at the lunch or people can buy individual tickets, they can contact the hospital’s front reception,” she said.
The Colac Gold Cup is on February 26.