When a loved one needs hospital treatment, the last thing you want to worry about is where your family will stay. Having accommodation close by can be a source of comfort and relief during a stressful time.

Building a complex of 16 units is something The Friendlies Foundation, the charitable fundraising arm of the Friendly Society Private Hospital, is focussed on bringing to fruition.

The Friendlies Foundation Coordinator Maria Ebert said the units would be open to rural families accessing treatment, as well as studying doctors and nurses working at the hospital.

“This year’s fundraising, combined with our Casino Royal Gala and a $100,000 donation on the night, has boosted the project along, bringing us closer to commencement,” Maria said.

In addition to the apartments, the Foundation is also assisting in the development of a palliative care unit at The Friendlies.

“Our primary focus is to support the Hospital in its growth and in its leadership of providing quality healthcare to the Region and to the community. By doing this we can negate the need for people to travel out of town to seek medical and specialist treatment,” Maria said.

The charity has raised $900,000 since it was first established in 2012 through fundraising events, tax-deductible donations and a regular gifting program.

The Friendlies Foundation also purchased a golf buggy, which is staffed by the Hospital’s team of volunteers, to help patients and visitors get from their cars to the Hospital.

“We have a team of 26 volunteers that work across nearly every service area of the Hospital, from patient liaison, administration services, the finance and quality department, as well as supporting the maintenance department, medical records and the Friendly Society Pharmacy,” Maria said.

“As a not-for-profit Hospital, we rely on the support of volunteers to help make a difference in all the little tasks that need to be done. Patients can have a chat and talk to our volunteers freely and for as long as they like. It’s such a special role.”


For more visit www.thefriendlies.org.au