Wishlist serves up a tasty $158K
WHEN the Wishlist Coffee House at Gympie Hospital brewed its first flat white three years ago no one could have predicted the significant - and immediate - impact it would have on medical services in the region.
In three short years, the Coffee House has made a profit of more than $158,000 and every cent has been invested back in to the Gympie Hospital.
Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said the biggest commitment from the coffee profits had been directed to the Specialist Outpatients Department.
"Wishlist has been able to approve $69,000 worth of equipment to the Outpatients Department at Gympie in the past 12 months which is one of the biggest single commitments made to the Gympie Hospital," Ms Rowe said.
"From plaster saws to bladder scanners, every piece of equipment has had a significant impact on the local community, Gympie Hospital staff and offered superior medical support to those who need it," she said.
A lot of the equipment means patients no longer have to travel away from Gympie for outpatient care.
Ms Rowe officiated at the third birthday party for the Wishlist Coffee House Monday and was among a number of esteemed guests including Kev Hegarty, CEO of Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services, Leuwin Ferguson, director of Gympie Health Services and manager of the Wishlist Coffee House, Richard Ward.
Mr Ward said he has been manager since it opened and is proud of funding the project provides.
He asked that the community continue to support the coffee house in two ways.
The first is to continue to buy from the cafe. The second is to become involved through volunteering.
"We need more willing volunteers," he said.