Community is given praise for oncology ward fundraising
THE oncology ward is celebrating streamlining procedures for patients, thanks to the Gladstone community.
Hot FM presenters Browny and EJ set up camp outside Gladstone Harvey Norman on Saturday, May 24.
A free barbecue held out the front of the business gave the community an opportunity to participate in a major move to improve health facilities.
A live three-hour broadcast managed to raise a commendable $752.82 to directly benefit the patients receiving treatment at the oncology ward at Gladstone Base Hospital.
Neil Kuhl, franchisee of furniture and bedding at Harvey Norman, believed the cause is one close to everyone's hearts.
"We had people coming along and donating handfuls of coins, it was just fantastic," he said.
"We'd like to say thank you to the community for their help."
A cheque for the raised funds was handed over to nurse manager Marie Clowes on Tuesday.
Hot FM radio announcers Browny and EJ said the achievement was a testament to the generosity of Gladstone community members.
The money raised has purchased a urinalysis machine for the ward.
Ms Clowes said the machine was vital in reducing waiting times for patients.
"It will streamline oncology," she said.
"For both staff and patients, it saves a lot of time."
The gratitude of staff and patients to the individuals and businesses behind the fundraiser will be long-lasting.