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Oliver’s book drive makes a great read

When Speech Pathologist Kate Jones launched a book drive to get children reading, she had no idea the hero of the story would be a seven-year-old boy from Kempsey. Oliver Whatmough was looking for a chance to earn his Promise Challenge Award through Scouts when he heard his mum Belinda and Kate talking about the… Read more »

Game fishing club’s generous donation weighs in at $2000

Port Macquarie Game Fishing Club has “landed” another sizable donation in support of local cancer patients. The club’s president, Shannon Danby, presented the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute at Port Macquarie with a $2000 donation thanks to the club’s highly successful Golden Lure Tournament. The donation brings the club’s support for the cancer unit to… Read more »

Woolgoolga Lions’ $35,893 gift to Coffs Coast renal patients

The Lions Club of Woolgoolga has donated $35,893.11 in equipment to the Renal Unit at Coffs Harbour Health Campus. The generous donation has purchased an ultrasound, vital signs monitor and portable pulse oximeter to assist the nurses and doctors who care for renal patients, whether they receive treatment at home or at the hospital. The… Read more »

Kempsey car club’s ace for sick children and cancer patients

Kempsey’s Four Aces Rod and Custom Club has used the proceeds from its 10th anniversary Macleay Auto Spectacular to help local families through specialist paediatric care and cancer research. The vintage and custom car club has presented $1500 to the Paediatric Unit at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and $1500 to the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute’s… Read more »

Pride in Lions’ $11,000 gift to Wauchope Hospital

Wauchope District Memorial Hospital has a new, $11,000 electrocardiogram (ECG) machine thanks to the Lions Club of Wauchope. The equipment, which helps medical staff diagnose heart disorders and heart rhythm problems caused by illness, has been donated to the hospital’s Palliative Care Unit. Wauchope Lions President Jim Munro said the club was delighted to make… Read more »

Mid North Coast Cancer Institute has 8000 reasons to thank a Mason

The Mid North Coast Cancer Institute at Port Macquarie had eight thousand reasons to thank Freemasons this week. Representatives of Masonic Lodges throughout the Hastings and Macleay valleys visited the campus bearing a gift of $4000, which will help support the families of children going through cancer treatment. Their gift was matched, dollar for dollar,… Read more »

Coffs Coast cancer project wins two awards

An innovative partnership between the Coffs Coast’s Rotary Clubs and the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute has earned two major awards at the Mid North Coast Local Health District’s 2019 Health Innovation Awards. Described as a world-first, the Smarter, Safer Vitals Monitoring program took the top honour in the Patient Safety First category and also… Read more »

Benelong’s story is a gift to all renal patients

Proud Gumbaynggirr elder Uncle Martin Ballangarry has presented a very personal gift to Kempsey District Hospital – a painting that tells the story of a renal patient, his son, Benelong Carroll. The traditional artwork will take pride of place in the hospital’s Renal Unit and, in true Gumbaynggirr way, tells the story of country, family… Read more »

Bellingen raises a cuppa to Mary’s Tea House

Believe it or not, Christmas was six months ago and, just as incredible, Mary’s Tea House opened at Bellinger River District Hospital 12 months ago. To celebrate the popular hospital café’s first birthday, volunteers and staff attended a birthday party on Friday to mark the special occasion and to remember the woman who made it… Read more »

Freemasons get patients mobile at Wauchope Hospital

Wauchope District Memorial Hospital has six new lightweight wheelchairs thanks to the Hastings Macleay Freemasons Association, Lodge Star of Wauchope and the Freemasons’ charity, Masonicare. The donation, valued at $3000, is part of a state-wide Masonicare initiative to donate wheelchairs to public hospitals in rural and regional NSW. The cost of the chairs is shared,… Read more »