LAUREN Jackson says she’s proud to be the face of the trust fund that will raise money to support the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre.
The basketball star attended the launch of the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund at the Albury hospital yesterday as the fund’s patron along with Border identities including Albury mayor Kevin Mack and MP Greg Aplin.
“Like most of you, I’ve been touched by cancer in my family, probably like everyone here has, so it’s something I’m really proud of to be able to help raise money for the trust fund that’s going to impact so many people’s lives,” Jackson said.
The trust’s aim is to raise $2 million for the centre.
So far, it has raised about $200,000, a figure boosted yesterday after a $26,000 donation from Albury-Wodonga Health, $20,000 from local Probus and Rotary clubs and $10,000 from Westpac in Albury.
“While government funding will build a state-of-the-art treatment facility fitted out with brand new equipment and staffed by expert personnel, we need to keep it operating at the highest level and that’s where the trust fund comes in,” trust chairwoman Di Thomas said.
“I want to thank the generosity of our community, I never fail to be amazed by it.”
Albury-Wodonga Health chief executive Stuart Spring said there was nothing like the centre, which is due for completion in October next year, in the country.
“The organisation that has been developed is bringing together the best of the public and private sectors into one single, co-ordinated way that does not exist anywhere else in the country,” Dr Spring said.
“That sends a very powerful message to government.
“They know this is not just another public hospital service or just another health service this is something that is owned by the community, who are passionate about it and will have much to say about it in the future.”
Jackson urged the community to continue to help the trust fund to reach its $2 million target.
To make a donation or for more information about the plan go to the trust fund’s website awcancertrust.org.au