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Donation launches big radio station telethon

FUNDRAISER: Sales managers Mark Sulic, The Weekly Advertiser, left, and Nathan Henry, 3WM and MIXX FM, work through radio telethon details with Wimmera Health Care Group public relations co-ordinator Amelia Crafter. Picture: MICK SHANNON

Philanthropist Geoff Handbury has provided a $50,000 gift to kick-start an August 14 radio telethon to raise money for a new Wimmera Cancer Centre.

Mr Handbury, who owns The Weekly Advertiser and radio stations 3WM and MIXX FM, made the donation through the Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation.

The seven-hour radio telethon on MIXX FM will be part of a Wimmera Health Care Group’s Rachael’s Wish fundraising appeal to generate the extra $1-million to build the new $3-million centre.

ACE Radio Broadcasters’ Horsham station has committed radio air time from 9am to 4pm, replacing usual Friday programming for the event.

Mr Handbury said there was a serious need for regional cancer-treatment facilities.

“I think it is so important that we try to avoid the need for regional people to travel long distances for treatment. It is a big problem that needs overcoming,” he said.

“It is important to remember that some of these treatments for cancer are far from pleasant and the less travel the better.”

Mr Handbury said Warrnambool’s similar Peter’s Project, of which he and ACE were also involved, had helped influence his decision to make the donation.

During the Wimmera telethon, people will be able to call the Horsham station with pledges for the project, which will combine oncology, dialysis and community palliative care services in one purpose-built facility.

The telethon will feature guest speakers, music dedications, celebrities and a variety of fun activities. The appeal is named after Murtoa College teacher and cancer survivor Rachael Littore.

The Federal Government has already pledged $1-million and community fundraisers generated more than $250,000 for the centre, which will work closely with Ballarat cancer services.

Rural Northwest Health, providing medical services for Warracknabeal, Hopetoun and Beulah communities, has also donated $50,000 for the appeal and guaranteed another $50,000 next year.

• For more on the appeal, see page 10.


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Posted on Jun 24 2015

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