Going dry pays off for local hospital

$10,000: Hospital Research Foundation chief executive officer Paul Flynn and Shauna O’Connor from the Port Lincoln Hospital accepting $10,000 from the Dry July fundraiser.THE Port Lincoln Hospital was given $10,000 last week from the efforts of the local community in the nationwide Dry July fundraising program.
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The hospital had a team of employees who participated in the fundraiser and raised $5078 to go towards the hospital’s chemotherapy unit.

The Hospital Research Foundation, which distributes Dry July funding, rewarded hospital staff for their efforts and topped up the funding to total $10,000.

Port Lincoln Hospital employees Shauna O’Connor, Rayann Semmens and Sandy LeBrun took part in the fundraiser and Ms LeBrun said the community got behind the team.

“Fantastic support from the staff at the Port Lincoln Health Services made for the successful outcome,” she said.

“Each of the departments contributed to fundraising events such as barbecues, a pancake morning, selling cakes and casual clothes days.

“The Port Lincoln business community were extraordinarily generous through donating goods and gift vouchers for a raffle that was a very popular fundraiser.”

Ms LeBrun said the funding and level of support was “unbelievable”.

The $10,000 will be used to improve the comfort of patients receiving treatment in their chemotherapy unit.

Foundation chief executive officer Paul Flynn said Dry July was a wonderful example of the community supporting the community.

“We were delighted the program was so well received and supported by the regional communities such as Port Lincoln,” he said.

“We also look forward to Port Lincoln Hospital being part of the Dry July team once again in 2014 and having even more people participating.”

The main project the Hospital Research Foundation is working on is building accommodation for country cancer patients receiving treatment at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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