Hospital staff contribute $14,500 to cancer fund-raiser

FOR staff at the region’s largest employer, giving to Peter’s Project was something that came naturally.

More than $14,500 will go towards the South West Radiotherapy Centre after staff at South West Healthcare donated money through their wages.

Over a 26-week program about 140 staff contributed to the Peter’s Project Target $5 million campaign.

South West Healthcare CEO John Krygger said there was no doubt that people who worked in the healthcare sector attracted caring people and he hoped it would encourage other organisations to consider running a similar workplace program.

“We’ve seen time and time again staff contribute to worthy causes,” he said.

Mr Krygger said a lot of pressure was put on staff to improve productivity and efficiency but this program exposed their generous side.

He said Peter’s Project would see a first-class tertiary level of clinical services.

“It will be the pointy end of cancer care,” he said.

“It will make a huge difference to cancer sufferers throughout the region.

“South West Healthcare has its own significant fund-raising requirements but this latest donation highlights the universal support for the cancer centre and also the generosity of our staff.”

Corey O’Connor, who works in the central sterile supply department, said it was an easy decision to support Peter’s Project and those who did hardly noticed the money coming out of their pay.

“I just thought why not,” he said. “Just help out where you can.”

The donations came from staff at all of South West Healthcare’s campuses including Warrnambool Base and Camperdown hospitals and its community health centres at Warrnambool, Camperdown, Macarthur and Lismore.

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