CLOSE to a million dollars in community generosity is sitting in the Peter’s Project bank account waiting to be joined by federal funds to build a south-west cancer care centre.
The account’s interest, which has to be spent for tax reasons, has this week been channelled towards a worthy related project — two chemotherapy chairs at the St John of God Hospital.
Peter’s Project has kicked in more than $8000 for the recliner chairs, which offer greater comfort during infusions that can take anywhere between 30 minutes and eight hours.
Director of nursing Leanne McPherson said there was rising demand for the private hospital’s service.
“Some patients can be here for a long time depending on the size of their treatment,” she said.
Peter’s Project founder Vicki Jellie said up to 80 per cent of interest had to be spent. “Every donation is still in the bank,” Ms Jellie said.
“It’s great for Peter’s Project to be able to help the community while we’re waiting.”
Ms Jellie said supporters would be stepping up pressure on political candidates towards the September 14 election date.
“We’ve still not heard from Health Minister Tanya Plibersek but our plan is still to go to Canberra on March 20,” she said.