Group closes in on support target
CANCER Council Queensland is now less than $5000 short of the $2 million target it set to pay for its new support centre in Rockhampton.
And organisers hope that one final push will see the target met by Christmas.
The centre, in Upper Dawson Road, Allenstown, provides a home away from home for regional cancer patients and their families who travel to Rockhampton for treatment.
The project was launched with the help of The Rock Building Society and was boosted with a $1 million pledge from Anna Bligh during the election campaign.
The latest major contribution of $45,000 over three years has come from Rockhampton Regional Council.
Mayor Brad Carter said cancer touched almost everyone directly or indirectly and the centre was a much-needed facility for families in the region.
Cancer Council Queensland’s chief executive, Professor Jeff Dunn, said the council sponsorship brought the total pledged to $1,996,302.
“We are now less than $5000 short of the total cost of the centre and encourage local community groups, businesses and individuals to continue sending donations so we can meet our target before Christmas,” he said.
The centre opened in September and improves access to cancer screening, detection, treatment and support services. It has eight short-term units and an education and support building.