Wimmera Health Care Group announces Rachael’s Wish fundraising for Wimmera Cancer Centre project has reached $1 million.

Wimmera Cancer Centre fundraising sub-committee members Jenny Clayton, Denise Leembruggen, Chris Smith, Richard Goudie, Rachael Littore, Don McRae and Amelia Crafter launch their campaign in 2015. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Wimmera Cancer Centre fundraising sub-committee members Jenny Clayton, Denise Leembruggen, Chris Smith, Richard Goudie, Rachael Littore, Don McRae and Amelia Crafter launch their campaign in 2015. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

WIMMERA Health Care Group has announced that the Rachael’s Wish fundraising campaign for the Wimmera Cancer Centre project has reached its $1-million goal.

Wimmera Cancer Centre project steering committee chairman Richard Goudie said the Rachael’s Wish appeal had raised $1,012,202 since it was launched in June 2015.

“Thank you. To every single person or business who donated and held fundraisers, thank you,” Mr Goudie said.

“We had a goal of a minimum $1 million in community fundraising and to have reached that goal so quickly is evidence of how strongly our region supports this project.

“With the community funds and the funds received from both state and federal governments, this centre will now become a reality.”

Board of management chairman Angela Murphy said the Wimmera Cancer Centre would see an increase in the number of people able to receive cancer treatment locally, as well as providing improvements in the services of dialysis and community-based palliative care.

“The Wimmera Cancer Centre will enable more people to receive the treatment they need, close to their support networks and with less time spent travelling on the Western Highway,” Ms Murphy said.

“We would especially like to thank Dr Don Johns and the Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation for their early commitment and dedication to this project.”

Mr Goudie said that while the minimum target of $1 million had been reached, donations would still be welcomed.

“All funds raised above the target will be used to improve the fit out and equipment at the Wimmera Cancer Centre,” he said.

The Wimmera Cancer Centre Fundraising Appeal was named ‘Rachael’s Wish’ after Wimmera woman Rachael Littore, who called for a new centre following a cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2013.

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