With funding for the Wimmera Cancer Centre now secure, the Mail-Times looks back on the centre’s journey.
March 12, 2015
THE campaign for a Wimmera Cancer Centre was officially kick-started with $1 million from the federal government.
March 18, 2015
WIMMERA Health Care Group call for representatives to join a fundraising sub-committee for the proposed cancer centre.
May 5, 2015
THE cancer centre project misses out on vital funding in the 2015-16 state budget.
May 15, 2015
THE Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation donates $80,000 towards the Wimmera Cancer Centre.
May 20, 2015
THE newly-formed Wimmera Cancer Centre fundraising subcommittee sets a target of at least $1 million for the centre.
June 1, 2015
THE centre officially launches its fundraising campaign, ‘Rachael’s Wish’.
Murtoa’s Rachael Littore is the face of the appeal.
October 16, 2015
FUNDRAISING for the Wimmera Cancer Centre officially reaches halfway, with the community raising more than $500,000 for Rachael’s Wish.
March 9, 2016
THE fundraising total reaches $700,000.
April 27, 2016
THE state government announces $1 million for the cancer centre in its 2016-17 budget.
May 13, 2016
WIMMERA Base Hospital patients meet Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy when she visits Horsham. They told her what a new cancer centre would mean to them.
August 19, 2016
The project reaches its $1-million community fundraising goal.
Wimmera Health Care Group acting chief executive Mark Knights said the committee would continue to receive donations.
October 14, 2016
WIMMERA Health Care Group reveal its preferred site for the Wimmera Cancer Centre – at the corner of Arnott and Robinson streets, Horsham.
March 6, 2017
WIMMERA Health Care Group announces it will start demolishing buildings this week to make way for the new centre.
March 15, 2017
WIMMERA Health Care Group acting chief executive Mark Knights said the centre needed $1.5m more than anticipated to integrate dialysis and community-based palliative care services.
April 26, 2017
A MYSTERIOUS benefactor donates $250,000 to the cancer centre. The donation lifts the community’s fundraising tally to $1.4 million.
May 16, 2017
The state government announces an additional $1.6 million for the centre.