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    THANK YOU: Presenting a cheque for $25,000 are, from left, Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat Branch president Dianne Radford, East Grampians Health Service chief executive Nick Bush, Ride to Remember sub committee and Ararat branch members Dean Pinniger and Kate Gleeson, and Ride to Remember chief marshall Debbie Francis.

New project for Ararat Blue Ribbon branch

Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat Branch will announce its new fundraising project for East Grampians Health Service at this year’s gala ‘Night of Nights’ on May 31.

The event, at Ararat Town Hall, will see the return of headline artist Tim Campbell, one of Australia’s most versatile and much-loved entertainers and an avid Blue Ribbon supporter.

When he’s not on television program Dancing With the Stars or entertaining at Carols By Candlelight, Campbell is performing the classic ’70s and ’80s dance-floor hits with his band from his ARIA top 30 and iTunes top 10 album High School Disco and travelling the country for concerts and special events.

The support act will be local favourite Darrell ‘Mud’ Madex, who will be joined later in the evening by his talented sons Jake and Mitchell Madex as the Mudda’s.

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Ararat Blue Ribbon Foundation branch presented a cheque for $25,000 to East Grampians Health Service, EGHS, for the final instalment towards a new ultrasound system.

The Ararat branch raised $135,000 for the project through events including the gala ‘Night of Nights’ and Grampians Ride to Remember.

The ultrasound system is now in use and offers features such as: 3D-4D capability for a dynamic imaging of fetal and gynaecological abnormalities; elastography capability for increased assessment of liver cirrhosis; greater resolution and enhanced imaging of superficial parts such as hands and feet; more variety in ultrasound transducers, which helps assess a larger variety of body parts and pathologies, in people of all sizes. 

Ararat branch president Dianne Radford said the branch was pleased to complete the latest project.

“The ultrasound system is another vital
piece of equipment for the medical imaging department, part of the recently dedicated Blue Ribbon Foundation Wing, which we are delighted to support,” she said.

“The committee is now looking forward to announcing its next project to support East Grampians Health Service at the gala ‘Night of Nights’.”

EGHS chief executive Nick Bush thanked the Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat branch for its generous support of the ultrasound system project.

“EGHS is grateful for the dedication of the Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat branch, partners, businesses, organisations and the community who annually support the Ararat branch’s fundraising efforts,” Mr Bush said.

“The Ararat branch has now donated more than $1 million to the health service, an outstanding effort which has enabled us to provide state of the art equipment and facilities for our community, which would not be possible if not for this generosity and support.”

 Tickets cost $70 each for the gala ‘Night of Nights’, with limited tickets available. People can book at

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