Wimmera Health Care Group would like to thank every single person who has donated to Rachael’s Wish and the Wimmera Cancer Centre.
CEO Catherine Morley said more than 930 individual people or organisations have contributed to the much-needed centre, which is nearing completion.
"The community response to Rachael’s Wish has been truly remarkable and we are very grateful for the support and we aim to honour every single donor in the new building," Ms Morley said.
"With that in mind, we want to let people know we are finalising the interior designs of the centre and working on how we will commemorate the donors. To do this, we have set a cut-off date of October 15 and any donations made to the centre after this date will still receive a formal thank you but will not be included in the commemorative design."
Ms Morley said the plight of the centre really captured the heart of the community and because of that, the fundraising goal had been reached.
"We will be closing the official Rachael’s Wish fundraising appeal shortly. Of course if people still wish to donate to the Wimmera Cancer Centre, they can do so, just like they can donate to any department at WHCG. Future donations will be put aside to go into continual costs and future equipment upgrades, they won’t go towards establishing the centre," Ms Morley said.
"We thank everyone who has made this centre a reality and we are so grateful. We now encourage people to look at other areas of the health service that could benefit from donations, or other projects in this wonderful community."
Rachael Littore, the cancer survivor the appeal is named after, said she was overwhelmed to think that her wish, the community’s wish, is almost a reality.
"The biggest thing I want to do is say thank you to all the people who have supported the cause," Miss Littore said.
"I want people to know how much their actions and their voices have meant. This centre isn’t just the work of a few individuals, it is from the work of the whole community and the commemorative donation design will capture that. That way everyone who has helped can come in and see they are part of the building."