A MASSIVE $1 million donation has lifted Peter’s Project halfway towards its $5 million appeal target for a south-west cancer care centre.
Locally-based philanthropic trusts yesterday joined forces to give the appeal a major kick along, with organisers hoping the generosity will spur more support from other charitable organisations and regional councils. Peter’s Project founder Vicki Jellie yesterday celebrated the donation from the Hilda and Archie Graham Foundation, Ern Hartley Foundation, Gwen and Edna Jones Foundation, A. L. Lane Foundation, Ray and Joyce Uebergang Foundation and the Vedmore Foundation.
James Tait, speaking on behalf of the foundations, said support for Peter’s Project was critical.
“We’ve got help from the government and we need to show we’re right behind it,” Mr Tait said.
“It’s a given, supporting this project is so important.
“We’re supporting it in the hope that it encourages other big charitable trusts to support it.”
Mr Tait said because of the urgent need for radiotherapy services and associated cancer facilities in the south-west, local trusts had given Peter’s Project priority.
With Department of Health planning for an integrated cancer centre beginning, Ms Jellie said the contribution brought the appeal to $2.5 million.
“It’s very generous of you all to band together and it’s a great boost for the community,” she said.
“This will be the major donation for the whole campaign.”
Ms Jellie said she was overwhelmed by the generosity and it was hoped the centre would be operating by the end of 2015.
“We’re very excited. This shows the foundations laid over the last four-and-a-half years have given people confidence in what we’re doing,” she said.
“This is massive. It’s fantastic. We’re only three months in since the launch and we’re halfway.
“The community leadership shown by the trustees will encourage everyone to continue to support our cause by way of personal donations, fund-raising events and regional business contributions that are currently happening and to dig deep and give to a vital need for our community.
“Coming together to do this will ensure that our target will be successfully achieved this current financial year.”
The federal government has committed $10 million to the cause and the state government allocated $10 million in this year’s budget.