ONCOLOGY DONATION A BOOST: The Friendlies Foundation public relations officer Fiona Macaulay, Day Oncology Unit nurse unit manager DA Halpin and Friendly Society Private Hospital CEO Alan Cooper.
ONCOLOGY DONATION A BOOST: The Friendlies Foundation public relations officer Fiona Macaulay, Day Oncology Unit nurse unit manager DA Halpin and Friendly Society Private Hospital CEO Alan Cooper. Contributed

$20,000 towards cancer unit expansion from new charity

CANCER patients will have access to bigger and better facilities at the Friendly Society Private Hospital following a $20,000 donation from The Friendlies Foundation, the first made by the new charity.

The donation will go towards the $700,000 expansion of the oncology unit which will make it the largest private day oncology facility between Sunshine Coast and Townsville, public relations officer Fiona Macaulay said.

“This expansion will mean more patients can be treated locally, with family and friends and their support systems close by, as our chair numbers increase from six to 14,” Mrs Macaulay said.

“It is wonderful that The Friendlies Foundation, through the support of the community, is able to help the hospital fund the refurbishment of this unit.”

The Friendly Society Private Hospital is a non-for-profit organisation that receives no government funding.

It relies solely on private health funding and community support to provide timely and life-saving services to the community.

The Friendlies Foundation, launched in April, is the charity arm of the hospital that allows members of the community to financially support the hospital in its goal of providing leading healthcare for the Wide Bay.

Friendly Society Private Hospital CEO Alan Cooper said it was fantastic to receive the first donation from The Friendlies Foundation.

“We have a very giving community that are supportive of the services we are bringing to the region and the goals we are trying to achieve,” Mr Cooper said.



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