BYADUK may be a dot on the map but one thing the tight-knit community is good at is looking after its own.
For 107 years, locals have come together for the Byaduk Spring Show and money raised from tomorrow’s event will go towards the dialysis unit at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Organising committee member Jo Moore said the donation will help support locals like Bruce Addinsall from Macarthur, who knows more than most the value of the dialysis unit.
In November 2011 he was told his kidneys had gone into renal failure and he began peritinel dialysis a month later.
In March this year he had a fistula put in his arm to start him on haemodialysis. Mr Addinsall has spent five weeks learning how to implement the haemodialysis and it’s hoped he’ll be home in the coming weeks and eventually back to work.
Ms Moore said Mr Addinsall was on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.
The Addinsalls had been in the community a long time, she said.
“They’re very community oriented themselves.
“Bruce, along with his wife Sandra, and daughters Laura and Kate are always the first ones to put up their hands to help in the community.
“They are very generous with their time. It is great that the local community can support this unit, to help make a difference to lives such as Bruce.
“Every year the flower show committee puts forward different charities to support. It’s nice to know you can make a difference.”
The show will be opened by Emmet O’Flaherty, renal access and pre-dialysis co-ordinator with St Vincent’s Hospital, and Ms Moore said it was hoped more than $1000 would be raised.
Entries in the show are open until 8pm tonight in categories including cut flowers, roses, floral art, cookery, produce, handcraft and photography.
Ms Moore said every year the community hall was filled to the brim with flowers, craft and cooking.
“It’s quite unique for a very small community. The community has been very kind with the support they give each year.”
The show will open at 1.30pm tomorrow.
For more information contact Ms Moore on 0429 787 258.