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Posted by admin, September 13, 2015 1:09 am

Having somewhere safe and close to medical facilities is very important for Kristy Edmonds who is awaiting the birth of her second child.

Kristy Edmonds (seated) with Foundation manager Maria Burnet at Rotary Lodge.

Kristy Edmonds (seated) with Foundation manager Maria Burnet at Rotary Lodge.

Rotary Lodge, on-site at BundabergHospital, is the perfect home-away-from-home for patients and carers who are seeking medical treatment and supporting loved ones.

Kristy, from Gayndah, arrived on July 14 and will stay until the birth of her child, expected on July 28.

Managed by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation, July marks the first anniversary of the Lodge being within the BundabergHospital campus and it is evident by the numbers who have stayed that the Lodge is an important part of the health infrastructure.

The Lodge, which was formerly at leased premises in Woongarra Street, has welcomed 2643 guests since opening its doors four years ago.

And numbers have significantly increased since moving to the hospital campus with 1200 people staying since July last year a rise of 25% compared to 730 for the same period the previous year.

The Foundation manages the five-bedroom Lodge with support from the WideBayHospital and Health Service.

Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the home offered low cost accommodation for carers, family members and those patients requiring ongoing medical treatment at the BundabergHospital, the Mater and Friendly Society Private hospitals. There also has been an increased number of patients using the new Oceana Oncology Unit.

“The Lodge has received incredible support from local Rotary Clubs, community groups, individuals and also the North Burnett Regional Council who recently donated another $10,000 which we are so grateful to receive,’’ she said.

“It’s wonderful being a part of the Lodge which has improved the circumstances of so many people who are ill or injured, giving birth, undergoing life-saving treatment and those supporting their loved ones in hospital,’’ Ms Burnet said.

“In May we had our record month with an incredible 190 coming through the doors and the birth of five beautiful babies.’’

“The guests are our best advertisement with the testimonials speaking highly of the need for this facility. A gentleman, who became a first time dad, left this week describing it as a five star home. Having been here two weeks in the lead-up to his partner giving birth, he was very grateful for the comfort and convenience.’’

Patients requiring accommodation, who are not eligible for the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme pay just $40 per person or $60 a double, which is considerably less than a motel.

Figures from March 2014-July 2015:

Mundubbera 566

Other places 557

Monto 358

Gayndah 317

Biggenden 265

Agnes Water 234

Eidsvold 131

Childers 116

Gin Gin 59

Mt Perry 33

HerveyBay 5

Gladstone 2

Posted by admin, June 26, 2014 3:07 am

Members of the public and local business can forever have their name on show at the new Rotary Lodge which is moving onsite to Bundaberg Hospital.rotary paver for web

Bundaberg Health Services Foundation is launching a new fundraising campaign to raise money for the modifications required to this new building to make it suitable to support accommodation and meet building compliance with Class 1b of the Building Code of Australia.

While Rotary Clubs are once again lending their support to ensure this work is carried out, it also needs community support from both the North Burnett and Bundaberg communities.

Bundaberg Health Services Foundation Manager Maria Burnet said the gardens needed a makeover and a paved path would be incorporated into the new design.

“These pavers will not only form part of the garden in memory of Morrison James Marshall, a Biggenden man who passed away as a result of a tragic farming accident whose family and friends have donated a sizeable amount of money to assist in these renovations … but the fundraiser will raise the extra funds needed to see this project completed in a timely manner,” Ms Burnet said.                                                                             

Individuals can buy a paver (230x115x40mm (up to 42 letters) for the cost of $40 with their name permanently engraved. Larger pavers are also available (300x300x40) at a cost of $200 for those groups or businesses that want to be involved.

“We wanted to provide a permanent recognition of donors who support this new move on-site to Bundaberg Hospital,” Ms Burnet said. “They will also be appreciated for generations to come.”

“We are hoping that guests who have stayed with us will also support this campaign as we have had some wonderful testimonials from guests who have greatly appreciated having somewhere close to stay during a traumatic medical time. But businesses are also invited to participate.”

“We are hoping to order at least 100 engraved pavers in the first instance as this ensures we have free delivery to the hospital.”

People interested in participating should contact the Foundation on 4150 2863 or send a cheque (made payable to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation) to Attention: Maria Burnet, BHSF, PO Box 34, Bundaberg, QLD, 4670 and a receipt will be issued.

Posted by admin, March 19, 2014 6:07 am

Bundaberg’s Rotary Lodge is ready to move into its next phase.

Denise Marshall and family members are pleased their donations can help in the renovations of the new Rotary Lodge.

Denise Marshall and family members are pleased their donations can help in the renovations of the new Rotary Lodge.

Rotary Lodge, which provides reasonably priced accommodation for patients and families visiting the Bundaberg Base Hospital, has been a reality for three years now, with the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation leasing a premises at 116 Woongarra Street at a cost of $33,700 a year – an expenditure which has only been possible thanks to regular fundraising from the North Burnett and Bundaberg communities.

“The Lodge in Woongarra Street has been a real success, with well over 1000 people making it a home away from home at a difficult time.  However, it was always an interim project with the long-term goal to establish suitable accommodation on hospital grounds,’’   Foundation manager Maria Burnet said

“We’re pleased to announce that discussions with the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services (HHS) about viable options within the hospital campus has resulted in a house, at 277 Bourbong Street, being offered to the Foundation for patient accommodation.

“The HHS has agreed to a nominal lease amount of only $6500 per annum to cover asset maintenance costings,’’ Ms Burnet said.

“The HHS will also continue to support the project with building maintenance once renovations are complete, linen supplies and lawn maintenance.

“This is a wonderful outcome and beneficial partnership which will ensure this facility is an important part of the health infrastructure around the hospital campus.

“The Foundation is very grateful for the support of the HHS for the next exciting stage of Rotary Lodge which means not only substantial expense savings but allows patients and carers to be even closer to loved ones in hospital.’’

Modifications are required to this new building to make it suitable to support accommodation and meet building compliance with Class 1b of the Building Code of Australia.

Rotary Clubs are once again lending their support to ensure this work is carried out, however it also needs community support from both the North Burnett and Bundaberg communities.

A working party committee has been formed and chair Ian Mylrea said that our communities have always rallied for others in times of need and this project will be a great way to show how we can pitch together for a greater aim.

“We are hopeful that community groups in the North Burnett will fundraise and donate funds to ensure the project is completed in a timely manner,’’ he said.

“We also hope to gain support from local business and tradespeople who may be able to offer furnishings and labour required at cost price or less or hopefully even in-kind to keep the overheads low.’’

Costs for modifications could be achievable with Foundation funds, community/Rotarian support and a specifically established Morrison Marshall Fund (donations from a deceased gentleman’s family in Biggenden) who wanted to see Rotary Lodge continue as a viable option.

WideBayHospital and Health Service Chief Executive Adrian Pennington said we are proud of the continued work of the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation and Rotary driven community efforts that support Rotary Lodge.

“The support the Lodge provides to patients and the families who have to travel to Bundaberg for treatment is invaluable,’’ he said.

“The health service anticipates a continued successful collaboration when the Lodge moves onsite at the Bundaberg Hospital.”

Posted by admin, December 10, 2013 6:50 am
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Bailey Marshall, grandson of Morrison Marshall, raises his fingers to say BIGGENDEN IS NUMBER ONE!

The town of Biggenden can stand tall having been the highest fundraiser for this year’s Rotary Lodge Naming Rights.

The announcement was made at a recent Charity Bowls Day which the town organised in honour of Morrison James Marshall.

The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation which manages and leases the lodge has established a special purpose-build fundraising account in honour of Mr Marshall who passed away in 2012.

The event raised over $800 and is testimony to the wonderful support that Biggenden community gives to the Lodge each year.

 

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A very proud Marshall family fundraising in honour of their dad, husband, son and grandad – to help other patients in their time of need.

Posted by admin, 6:41 am

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Dot Hamilton from Eidsvold which will have a bedroom at Rotary Lodge named in its honour

 

The town of Eidsvold moves its name to a bedroom following the result of this year’s Rotary Lodge Naming Rights Challenge. This is the first time (in the three years the challenge has been running) that the town will have a bedroom named in its honour coming in fourth place. The result is primarily due to a market day that is organised by Dot Hamilton each year and supported by the small community.

 

“We’re thrilled that we’ve finally come in the top five,’’ Mrs Hamilton said. “The community event held in the main street each year is wonderfully supported with another one planned for November 16.’’

 

The Naming Rights Challenge was a fundraising initiative by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation which manages and leases the Lodge.

The challenge ended on September 30, and the results are:

 

The final result was:

 

Bedroom 1: Biggenden ……………….. ($12,564.71)

 

Bedroom 2: Bundaberg ……………….. ($8260.00)

 

Bedroom 3: Gayndah ………………….. ($5015.66)

 

Bedroom 4: Eidsvold ………………….. ($4261.71)

 

Bedroom 5: Mundubbera …………….. ($2874.36)

 

Congratulations must also go to the other towns which fundraised and these are Monto ($2768.66), Mt Perry ($2666.66) and Childers ($1000)

 

Foundation chairman Janet Tallon congratulated every community group and individual donor who had made a contribution to this challenge.

 

The Naming Rights Challenge is now underway again and will run through until September 30, 2014.

 

“This is a large project being undertaken by the Foundation with our biggest expense being a monthly lease of $2800,’’ Mrs Tallon said. “The North Burnett has wanted this facility for over 10 years and when we had the opportunity to at lease rent a premises to see the project came to fruition in 2011 we worked forward to achieve it with support of local Rotary Clubs.

 

“In the past financial year the Foundation has outlayed $45, 977 in rent and expenses to ensure the doors remain open for patients and carers in their time of need and as a local charity we rely on donations and support from the North Burnett and Bundaberg communities.

 

“The need for the Lodge is evident in the guest numbers with 808 people having stayed up until September 30.’’

 

The Lodge offers five bedrooms and shared dining, lounge kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities. Public and private patients using medical services at either Bundaberg Hospital, the Mater Misericordiae or Friendly Society Private Hospital and their escorts were welcome at the Lodge.

 

For further information on the naming rites challenge, to register a fundraising event for the Lodge or to book into the Lodge please phone the Foundation on 4150 2863.

 

 

Posted by admin, July 30, 2013 9:24 pm

North Burnett Regional Council has once again shown its support of Rotary Lodge donating an incredible $10,000 to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation to help rural patients who use the home.

Foundation manager Maria Burnet with North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Don Waugh.

Hundred of rural patients need to travel to Bundaberg each year for medical treatment and the Lodge offers these patients and their carers a low-cost accommodation option.

This is the second donation of its kind from the Council which is extremely generous given the major natural disasters and rebuilding the council has had to undertake as well this year.

Mayor Don Waugh said that having this service for the rural communities within the North Burnett Regional Council boundaries was vital.

“It is a major help with people who have to travel long distances, and having somewhere safe and affordable during a difficult medical time is important,’’ he said.

“The Lodge has been a very positive influence for those people living in the North Burnett and also has improved the health and well-being of our region.”

With the doubling of the PTSS scheme in January this year from $30 to $60, patients who are eligible and approved prior to travelling to Bundaberg for medical treatment now stay free of charge. Those who are not eligible pay just $40 per person which is considerably less than a motel.

The $10,000 will be equally divided between Mt Perry, Mundubbera, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto and Biggenden as part of the 2013 Naming Rites Challenge which is currently underway as a capital fundraiser and ends on September 30.

Since the lodge opened in March 2011 it has been a home-away-from home for 588 people during a difficult medical time – Monto (138), Other parts of QLD (106), Mundubbera (90), Gayndah (69), Biggenden (58), Agnes Water (47), Eidsvold (37), Childers (19), Gin Gin (18), Mt Perry (6)

Other donations during June:  Biggenden Bowls Club $236, Rotary Club Bundaberg City Daybreak $500, Gayndah Cottage Crafts $600, Mundubbera Lions Ladies $150, Rotary Club of Bundaberg East $1000.

North Burnett Naming Rites Tally to date (June 30):

Biggenden $11,714, Bundaberg $6160, Gayndah $4566, Eidsvold $4166, Mt Perry $2666, Monto $2418, Mundubbera $1816, Childers $1000.

For further information on the challenge, to register a fundraising event for the Lodge or to book into the Lodge please phone the Foundation on 4150 2863.

Posted by admin, March 18, 2013 4:35 am

It is a double celebration for Rotary Lodge with not only its second anniversary but also the arrival of its 500th guest.

The Lodge, at 116 Woongarra Street, is managed and leased by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation – a local charity which opened the home-away-from-home to patients and carers in March 2011.

The five-bedroom home offers low cost accommodation for carers, family members and those patients requiring ongoing medical treatment at the Bundaberg Hospital, the Mater and Friendlies Private Hospitals.

The home provides a way for families to remain close to their loved ones during a time of illness or injury when they are most in need of encouragement and support.

Opened with initial support from local Rotary Club’s who donated furniture, a fundraising campaign has been extremely well supported by the Bundaberg and in particular the North Burnett towns, community and service clubs and individuals – to ensure the doors remain open.

Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the Lodge was proof of what could be accomplished with the support and collaboration of local businesses, the community and local organisations in both Bundaberg and the North Burnett.

“This generosity has changed and improved the circumstances of so many people who are ill or injured, giving birth, undergoing life-saving treatment and those supporting their loved ones in hospital,’’ Ms Burnet said.

“We have often had 100% occupancy weeks and the Lodge has been well used by all the North Burnett communities and many families both intra and inter-state and overseas,” she said.

“The residents are our best advertisement with the testimonials speaking highly of the need for this facility and how it helps people during an extremely traumatic medical situation.”

With the doubling of the PTSS scheme in January this year from $30 to $60, patients who are eligible and approved prior to travelling to Bundaberg for medical treatment now stay free of charge. Those who are not eligible pay just $40 per person which is considerably less than a motel.

The Lodge is a very important part of the health infrastructure of Bundaberg Hospital and means people are within easy distance to loved ones on the wards.

The number of guests from each region has included:

Monto: 115

Mundubbera: 73

Other parts of Queensland: 59

Gayndah: 56

Biggenden: 54

Agnes Water: 39

Eidsvold: 36

Childers: 19

Other States/Countries: 16

Gin Gin: 13

Brisbane: 12

Mt Perry: 8

These patients or their carers include maternity, paediatrics, oncology, surgical, rehabilitation, mental health, outpatients, and general medical.  Guests have utilised services at all three hospitals – predominantly the Base Hospital, but also the Friendlies and the Mater hospitals.

The combination of donations from the Naming Rites Challenge and payments by both guests and Queensland Health Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme have kept the Lodge viable and the doors open during its two years of operation.

However for this to continue fundraising projects including the 2013 Naming Rites Challenge currently underway must continue to cover the lease and expenses involved in a project of this size.

WHO CAN USE THE LODGE

Patients who are eligible for the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS) payment of $60, those living more than 50km from Bundaberg Hospital, will stay for free if approved prior to travel to Bundaberg.

Those patients or carers who do not receive the PTSS will be required to pay $40 per person.

 For further information on the Lodge, to book or donate telephone the Foundation on 4150 2863.

Posted by admin, December 10, 2012 12:26 am

The Bundaberg community has shown it can rally for its neighbours, taking out the top honour in the Rotary Lodge Naming Rights Challenge.

Tricia Cross from East Bundaberg Rotary, Lindsay Cunneen from Sunrise Rotary hold the Bundaberg bedroom sign, deputy chair of the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation Marilyn King, Erica Murree from Biggenden, chair of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Gary Kirk and Foundation member Cr Lynne Forgan represent the towns in the Rotary Lodge Naming Rights Challenge.

The Naming Rights Challenge was a fundraising initiative by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation which manages and leases the Lodge.

The challenge ended on September 30, and the results were revealed at a special open day at the Lodge on Saturday (November 3).  Mundubbera retains its second spot while Biggenden moves up to third, Gayndah moves up to 4 and we welcome the Monto as a new bedroom name

The final result was:

Bedroom 1: ……………. Bundaberg ……………….. ($8481)

Bedroom 2: ……………. Mundubbera …………….. ($6267.87)

Bedroom 3: ……………. Biggenden ……………….. ($4486.79)

Bedroom 4: ……………. Gayndah ………………….. ($4392.37)

Bedroom 5: ……………. Monto …………………….. ($4147.59)

Congratulations must also go to the other towns which fundraised and these are Eidsvold with $3902.07, Mt Perry with $1694.62, Gin Gin with $780, Childers $50 and Agnes Water $20.

Foundation chairman Janet Tallon congratulated every community group and individual donor who had made a contribution to this challenge.

The Naming Rights Challenge is now underway again and will run through until September 30, 2013.

“This is a large project being undertaken by the Foundation and it needs ongoing support from the community to ensure the doors remain open for patients and carers in their time of need.’’ Mrs Tallon said.

“We already have towns fundraising for the next challenge which is fantastic and it shows the incredible support behind this project.’’

“Unfortunately illness or accidents can happen to anyone, at any time, and whether they are cancer sufferers, sick children, newborns, pregnant mothers, those needing surgery or medical care, this is an opportunity for people in the North Burnett and surrounding areas to help their fellow community members in their time of need.’’

The Lodge offers five bedrooms and shared dining, lounge kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities and has been a home-away-from-home for 428 people since the doors opened in March 2011.

For further information on the naming rites challenge, to register a fundraising event for the Lodge or to book into the Lodge please phone the Foundation on 4150 2863.

 

Posted by admin, October 17, 2012 7:50 am

A huge thank you to members of East Bundaberg Rotary Club who have put in a new children’s playground and barbecue/gazebo area in the backyard of Rotary Lodge.

East Rotary received funding for the beautification which will help many, many patients and carers who use the Lodge during a difficult medical time.

It will be a great spot for them to retreat to after a long day at the hospital and talk with other guests and offer support to each other.

The Foundation is very grateful to members of Rotary for their dedication and volunteer time in completing this project.

Posted by admin, August 14, 2012 9:59 am

The beautiful quilt being raffled as a fundraiser for Rotary Lodge has been very successful with $4424 raised.

The winner of the $3030 quilt titled Irish Melody, and donated by the Bundaberg Quilters, was ticket number 1581 Bruce Walker from Gin Gin.

The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation would like to congratulate all those in the North Burnett and Bundaberg region who sold and bought tickets and contributed to this successful fundraiser.

These amounts will be added to the individual town’s tally in the 2012 Naming Rights Challenge.

Money will be used to assist in the running expenses of the Lodge, at 116 Woongarra Street. The Lodge is a low-cost accommodation option for patients and carers who need somewhere to stay while receiving treatment at any of the Bundaberg Hospitals.

“We had hoped to raise close to $4000 and it has gone beyond that which is just fantastic and will help many people who have called the Lodge their home during a very stressful medical time.’’

 

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