Countless patients to benefit

Food and Wine Festival chairman Tim Barter, Wollundry Rotary president Geoff Breust, Riverina BMW's Stephen Hodgson, RCCC managing director Damian Williams and RCC Community Trust chairman Joe Schipp.
Food and Wine Festival chairman Tim Barter, Wollundry Rotary president Geoff Breust, Riverina BMW's Stephen Hodgson, RCCC managing director Damian Williams and RCC Community Trust chairman Joe Schipp.

There is no telling how many patients a year could benefit from the new chemotherapy unit at the Riverina Cancer Care Centre.

And the upgrade would not be possible without the support of the community, especially the $40,000 recently donated from the Riverina BMW Food and Wine Festival.

It was the first year the centre had applied to be the beneficiary of the festival and managing director Damien Williams was pleasantly surprised when they were successful.

“We are very proud that we’ve got such a supportive community,” he said.

“We can provide a higher quality service than other regional providers with that support.”

The funding will go towards increasing the chemotherapy suite from nine to at least 15 beds and updating equipment.

The chemotherapy unit has not changed since the facility opened in 2002 but the demand and technology has.

Mr Williams said the upgrade will ensure they keep their promise of patients never having to wait for treatment.

The building expansion and upgrade is expected to take 18 months to two years and cost in the vicinity of $500,000.

“It’s a fairly significant expansion process,” Mr Williams said.