Rotary Clubs Launch Community Fundraiser For Coffs Cancer Unit

The Daybreak Rotary Club in Coffs Harbour is coordinating a community fundraising campaign in support of local cancer patients that has already attracted its first donation –  from the neighbouring Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour South.

South’s President Rosemary Hepworth has presented the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute at Coffs Harbour with $8833.74. The generous donation will replace the first of 10 vital signs monitors that the Cancer Unit hopes will become part of a larger project to improve patient care through technology.

The initiative was put to the Cancer Unit by the Daybreak club which is now coordinating the appeal and asking the Rotary clubs of the Coffs Coast to get on board to help make the ambitious $88,000 project a reality.

Liz Donnan of the Daybreak club said the exciting project would not only result in the new vital signs monitors being installed in the unit, but is also part of a broader program to improve connectivity through technology.

“This project has the potential to improve the way patient information is collected and analysed,” Ms Donnan said.

“The Cancer Unit is excited about the possibilities and what it means to patients, which is why we initiated this important fundraising campaign.

“For it to proceed we need the latest technology in vital signs monitors which is where the community can help.

“If each Rotary club gets involved, we can do this. The Coffs community has shown time and again it will get behind our local cancer unit because of the fantastic work it is doing in our community.

“It’s wonderful news that Coffs South Rotary Club has kicked off the campaign with the donation of first of 10 monitors.”

Miss Hepworth, a retired surgeon and UNSW Rural Clinical School lecturer, said her club was proud to get the ball rolling.

“Cancer, at some point in time, touches everyone. It may be a family member, a loved one, a work colleague, a neighbour… We are making great inroads into diagnosis and treatment, and an exciting part of that story is the fantastic work of Mid North Coast Cancer Institute right here in Coffs Harbour,” Miss Hepworth said.

“I hope the community sees the value in supporting this local initiative – one where every dollar stays local to help locals.”

District Cancer Services Manager Carolyn Heise said the exciting campaign was a project worth supporting.

“Our patients are our priority, so it is wonderful to have Rotary’s backing for a project that will help staff to better support patients.

“We can’t thank them enough. This is a big commitment… possibly 12 months to complete but it really has enormous potential for our patients and our staff.”