Moyne Health Services appeal on track

Eda Ritchie.
Eda Ritchie.

THE leader of a campaign to fund part of a major upgrade at Moyne Health Services’ (MHS) Port Fairy campus has called for the public to become involved.

Eda Ritchie is the chairperson of the fundraising committee with the task of raising $500,000 for the fit-out of MHS’ urgent care unit, which is currently under construction.

“It is a big task ahead of us to raise that much money and we would love as much public support as we can get,” Mrs Ritchie said.

“As a committee, we have some fundraising ideas we will pursue, but we will also be looking for the community to hold events.

“They don’t have to big, they might be just morning teas at someone’s else or little art exhibitions.

“The more things happening the better, everything will add up.”

Joining Mrs Ritchie on the fundraising committee is committee members Peter O’Keeffe, Bob Handy and Marion Wright.

Ms Ritchie brings plenty of expertise to her new role, having served in a number of high profile public postings in the past.

These include being on the board of Rural Ambulance Victoria, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and the Australian National Maritime Museum. 

She also served on the board of MHS for eight years, finishing her tenure in 2012.

During this time, former MHS CEO David Lee had presented to the board his long-term master plan for MHS.

“David certainly put a lot of work into developing the master plan” Mrs Ritchie said.

“He was able to put it together in manageable steps which made it very achievable. The community health centre is up and going and a great asset and the new urgent care unit will also be a wonderful asset.”

As well as landing Mrs Ritchie as fundraising chairperson, the urgent care unit fit-out campaign has already received two significant donations, from the Port Fairy Folk Festival ($100,000) and Woody’s Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay ($65,000).