SCIC founder Marlene Owen (left) and members Brasso Bermingham, Kathy Barton and vice-president Rae Gate at the new chemo units which are expected to be ready by early September.
SCIC founder Marlene Owen (left) and members Brasso Bermingham, Kathy Barton and vice-president Rae Gate at the new chemo units which are expected to be ready by early September. Renee Pilcher

Chemo patient accommodation on way

ALL systems are go at the construction site of the SCIC units which will accommodate chemo patients undergoing treatment in Gympie’s public or private hospitals.

Supporting Chemotherapy in Cooloola committee members were at the building site yesterday, located behind Gympie State High School off Everson Rd, to check on the progress of the much-awaited community development.

The roof has been fixed and windows and doors are in, getting it to lock-up stage – a very exciting time for SCIC members.

“We have still got to fit out inside,” SCIC vice-president Rae Gate said and estimated that the project would be completed by late August/early September.

All members said they were very grateful for the support from a range of organisations, businesses and individuals in Gympie who contributed to making the vision a reality.

Five self-contained units will accommodate a mix of needs free of charge from families and partners of cancer patients to singles with carers. The facility will also house a common room and a caretaker’s residence.

The units have been built on land donated to SCIC by Gympie Regional Council at a nominal annual rental fee.

When the soil was first turned on the site at beginning of February, it was expected that construction would take about 12 weeks to complete.

Wet weather delayed the building process and 12 weeks later the units are at the half-way stage.

Until the new units are completed, patients undergoing chemotherapy and their families stay at empty units in Gympie Regional Council’s Northumberland Hotel premises in Channon St.

SCIC members have worked hard to raise the funds to build the units for people going through a very distressing time.

Group founder Marlene Owen said the units would give them “a home away from home”.

Every year SCIC runs a charity bike ride to raise money for the building and running of the units with Colin Turner the head organiser.

The SCIC 2011 Bike Ride will leave Murgon tomorrow and snake its way across the width of the region covered by the Gympie Hospital in delivering chemotherapy treatment to cancer patients.

The bike ride will continue until this Sunday, May 15, and will stop overnight at Kilkivan, Gympie and Kin Kin before finishing in Tin Can Bay.

Mr Turner and his team will be stopping in Gympie on Friday and will be available at Memorial Park to talk about how you can make donations towards the project.

If you would like to ride with the team you can contact Colin on 5483 1563 or Marlene on 0402 286 571 to obtain a last-minute application form but you had better be quick, they pedal off from Murgon tomorrow morning.

This is a catered ride so there is an application fee.

Gympie Times


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