Locals show big hearts in support of Euroa Health
26 October 2015
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has applauded Euroa residents for the wonderful generosity they have shown in support of Euroa Health.
Ms Ryan said the Bowerbird Op-Shop raised an extraordinary $130,000 last financial year, with more than $101,000 going to the hospital after expenses. The hospital also received more than $66,000 in donations and bequests.
“The enormous contribution the Bowerbird Op-shop makes to Euroa Health wouldn’t be possible without the 50 volunteers who give their time to keeping it going,” Ms Ryan said.
“I congratulate each and every person who has volunteered over the past year: is an amazing community effort for a wonderful community cause.
“The op-shop is going from strength to strength. This year’s result was $33,000 more than last year and in just six years it has raised in excess of $500,000.”
Ms Ryan said community support for the hospital had never been more important.
Euroa Health launched a public fundraising appeal at its annual general meeting this evening to help meet the community contribution required for Federal Government funding for its new aged care facility.
“Raising $500,000 is a huge target but knowing the generosity of this community and how much people value Euroa Health I have little doubt that the goal will be realised,” Ms Ryan said.
Ms Ryan said the ongoing fight to have Daniel Andrews and the new Labor Government recognise the importance of funding public hospital beds in Euroa was also essential.
“Although the hospital finished with a strong financial result for the year, the future viability of the health service relies on securing public beds,” Ms Ryan said.
“It’s frustrating that Labor has refused to acknowledge that declining admissions, due in part to the loss of veterans in our community, has put pressure on the viability of the hospital.
“I continue to advocate to Health Minister Jill Hennessy on behalf of Euroa residents to demonstrate to the government that funding public beds makes good sense for residents and for the government,” Ms Ryan
Ms Ryan congratulated the board, management and staff of Euroa Health – including chair Jim Shovelton and chief executive officer Robin Haberecht for their ongoing work.