THE finish line for Peter’s Project has moved a little closer thanks to another significant donation.
Site director at Port Fairy’s GlaxoSmithKline, Darby Lee, announced the plant had donated $25,000 for the community cause.
The donating pushes Peter’s Project closer its $5 million target, which organisers hope will be reached by June, with just under $500,000 now needed.
The GlaxoSmithKline contribution is the latest significant donation from the Port Fairy community.
Last October the Port Fairy Folk Festival donated $30,000 to the cause and community groups and clubs in the town have organised numerous events to raise money for the project.
This support has spread across Moyne Shire, with Koroit Health Services donating $100,000 last October.
The shire council has also set aside $100,000 in its 2013-14 budget for Peter’s Project.
Mr Lee said the donation came from GlaxoSmithKline’s local community partnerships program and the pharmaceutical company’s mission of helping people do more, feel better and live longer was a perfect fit with Peter’s Project.
Last year GlaxoSmithKline donated $2000 to Peter’s Project and had worked hard since to raise the $25,000 contribution, he said.
“We are very pleased to be able to support Peter’s Project and build on the amount we gave last year,” Mr Lee said. “The stats put together by Peter’s Project present a compelling case on the increased risk of mortality we face with cancer.”
Peter’s Project founder Vicki Jellie welcomed the latest donation towards a south-west radiotherapy centre.
“It is fantastic to get such a large contribution from GlaxoSmithKline,” Ms Jellie said.
“Darby Lee deserves a big thank you because I know he did a lot of work in getting this contribution over the line. Every donation, no matter how big or small, is really appreciated but when we get these big corporate donations it does help put a dent in the target in a hurry, so they are very welcome.
“I have said it a lot before, but yet again Port Fairy has come through for us. It is such a generous community.”