Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

    Generous donation to WA volunteers

    9/10/2007 1:19 PM

    The tireless efforts of Western Australian volunteers will be acknowledged through a generous donation to the SolarisCare Foundation - Cancer Support Centre at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

    Volunteering Minister Sue Ellery said the donation from the Brady Foundation of $30,000 annually for three years, would assist the centre to develop a Carers Course, as well as fund a volunteer co-ordinator.

    “SolarisCare Foundation volunteers provide a vital free service to all cancer patients and their carers in WA,” Ms Ellery said.

    “Volunteer therapists also provide services and comfort to patients of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and are highly regarded across the hospital.”

    SolarisCare Foundation executive director David Oliver said the Cancer Support Centre was operated by 90 dedicated volunteers who gave their time to help those who needed a ‘soft place to fall’ and an ‘empathetic ear’ when their world was crumbling.

    “In 2006 alone, the centre provided 4,000 complementary therapy treatments to 1,200 patients, as well as hundreds of visitors seeking information and support,” he said.

    “Our vision is to change the face of health care by expanding these support services into every hospital in Australia, and so ongoing support of our volunteers is vital.”

    Presenting the initial cheque for $30,000 to SolarisCare founder Dr David Joske, Brady Foundation chairman Ross Taylor said it was an honour to be able to assist the SolarisCare volunteers.

    The Brady Foundation is a registered charity with the objective of providing financial support to organisations, groups and individuals involved in the provision of cancer support care and research throughout WA.

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