Letters to the Editor

February 16, 2018

Hospital appeal raises $2.5m

THANK you to your community for supporting Bendigo Health.

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that $2.5 million has been raised for the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal and your region has been a generous contributor to this tally. The New Bendigo Hospital Appeal is a three-year campaign that aims to raise $4 million for identified equipment at Bendigo Health. This equipment includes a second Cath Lab for emergency cardiac care, an Ophthalmic Microscope for high level eye surgery and a pharmacy robotic system, which will ensure Bendigo Health is at the forefront of technology. Bendigo Health cares for more than 300,000 people from across 26 per cent of the state for specialist treatment and care, so chances are you, a loved one or friend has needed this essential health service. If you would like to know more about the New Bendigo Hospital Appeal or make a tax deductible donation please visit or call the Bendigo Health Foundation on 1300243000.

Amanda Lonergan

Acting director, Bendigo Health Foundation.

70 years of answering the call

EVERY March for 70 years, thousands of volunteers have made a wonderful contribution to our community during Red Cross Calling. They’ve knocked on their neighbour’s doors, said g’day and their combined efforts have raised millions.

All of that effort has gone a long way, allowing Red Cross to help where we’re needed most; from fires to floods, reducing suffering, while keeping people safe, secure and connected.

So many extraordinary volunteers here in Victoria have also gone the extra mile — not just raising money but also reaching out to their neighbours, asking how they’re going and checking on their wellbeing.

Red Cross Calling is more than a fundraiser, it gives us a reason to connect and volunteer for the sake of our community.

I’d like to send a massive thanks to all those thousands of schools, businesses, community organisations and individuals who’ve answered the call.

This year we aim to double the number of volunteers in Victoria. Will you be one of them? Join the fun today by visiting or call 1800REDCROSS.

Wenda Donaldson

Director, Victoria — Australian Red Cross.

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