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HELPING HAND: Cr Donna Neilson, Marlene Owen, Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne, Trena Jane Rowland and Mary Brown at the units now ready for use by chemotherapy patients
HELPING HAND: Cr Donna Neilson, Marlene Owen, Gympie Regional Mayor Ron Dyne, Trena Jane Rowland and Mary Brown at the units now ready for use by chemotherapy patients Renee Pilcher

FIVE unused units in Gympie Regional Council’s (GRC) newly acquired ex-Northumberland Hotel in Channon Street have now been made ready for use by patients undergoing chemotherapy, their families and carers.

Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne said he was pleased to be able to work with Supporting Chemotherapy in Cooloola (SCIC) and provide support when people were going through what could be a “distressing time”.

“SCIC fulfils an invaluable role in our region. Volunteers have cleaned up the units and they are ready for patients’ accommodation needs,” he said.

SCIC president Gordon Owen said the kind offer was for those undergoing treatment at either Gympie’s public or private hospital.

“This accommodation is provided free of charge and therefore will save patients many dollars during the course of their treatments. The units are fully equipped, clean and well maintained,” he said.

Mr Owen said SCIC was now aiming to acquire funding for 10 self-contained housing units in Everson Road, Gympie.

The land for the units was donated to SCIC by GRC at a nominal annual rental.

And Hotondo Homes Gympie has come on board to construct the units for which SCIC is “most grateful”.

Mr Owen said SCICs primary role was now to raise funds to see construction of the units commence early in 2010.

He said funds were needed and any donation however big or small would be gratefully accepted.

“It is truly amazing to see or know of so many people affected by cancer, the committee, over the past four years, has purchased quite a lot of necessities for both the Gympie General Hospital and Pulse Private Hospital, for which both hospitals are grateful,” Mr Owen said.

For further information about SCIC or to utilise the units, contact Marlene Owen on 5482 6571 or 0402 286 571 or Gordon Owen on 5482 3566 or 0402 283 566.

This accommodation...will save patients many dollars

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