IN providing a home based palliative care service to patients with life limiting illnesses, Ballarat Hospice relies heavily on the local community for support.
Carita Potts, Executive Officer said that Ballarat Hospice does not charge patients and families for specialist palliative care or for the hire of equipment. “Since its inception Ballarat Hospice has never charged for its service. This means that patients requiring palliative care, and their families, can focus on their quality of life and wellbeing and not worry about financial issues to pay for care and equipment,” Carita said. On Monday Ballarat Hospice received a donation of $1000 from No 23 Masonic Social Club. Freemasons Foundation Victoria Ltd. matched this donation dollar for dollar.
Carita said, “This $2000 donation will go towards the purchase of a number of electric hospital beds with alternating air mattresses – equipment that will enhance the comfort of patients and ease the care for their families and health care workers”. “Without the overall community support that we receive, Ballarat Hospice would find it a challenge to continue to offer this service without cost to those requiring our service and we sincerely express our thanks to the members of No 23 Masonic Social club and to the wider community,” Carita said.
Social Club Committee Chairman, Charlie Pruis, said that once a year they sold a fruit sale to raise funds.
“We go to Shepparton and buy the apricots and we distribute them from Hewitt and Whittys and the profits we get from that we distribute to charities,” he said. “This has been done for at least 50 years that I know of.”
Aside from the donation to Hospice, money has been donated to Cops n Kids and the 3BA Christmas in July Appeal.
“The money from the fruit sale goes entirely to charity. It’s not used for restoration of buildings – that’s the only way we are allowed to use Hewitt and Whittys building because Mr Bill Hewitt, who was Deputy Grand Master, said we could use their premises as long as the money goes to charity,” Mr Pruis said.
“The money that we use on the truck, we reimburse them, but immediately they say no, use it for charity.” For further information on how home based palliative care may assist you or a family member contact Ballarat Hospice on 5333 1118. www. ballarathospicecare.org.au