Albury Wodonga Health (AWH) will benefit from the massive donation of $196,400 from their two Opportunity Shops.
The funds, raised over the last two years, were donated in late 2016. The surgical department will be the main beneficiary of these funds, purchasing much needed equipment, including Ear, Nose and Throat items valued at $61,700 and a CystoNephro videoscope valued at $46,000. Community Health have also been able to purchase an audiometer to test infant and children’s hearing, valued at $6,500.
The donation helps to support the capital equipment program for items not funded by the government.
The Wodonga Opportunity Shop, located at 43 High St, has had a long association with the Wodonga Hospital. In 1989, the Wodonga shop made its first donation of $25,000; in 2016/17 the donation is $126,900.
The Albury Opportunity Shop, located in Swift St, was opened in September 2014, with this year making their first donation of $69,500 to the health service.
Elaine Hill, Volunteer Coordinator for AWH said “the shops have a combined number of 69 volunteers that do all the work. We are very grateful for the community support. Without the high quality donations that the community provide it would not generate these funds for such a great cause”.
Leigh McJames, CEO said, “the community continues to pleasantly surprise us with their generosity. $196,400 significantly increases our ability to provide the services and care our community deserves.”