Big move to help Ballarat Hospice Care appeal grow

Ballarat Hospice Care board chairman Geoff Russell and The Oliver Foundation's Michael Ronaldson.

Ballarat Hospice Care board chairman Geoff Russell and The Oliver Foundation's Michael Ronaldson.

PHILANTHROPIC organisation The Oliver Foundation has made one of the largest donations in its history to Ballarat Hospice Care.

The Foundation has injected $100,000 to Hospice’s Give to Help Hospice Grow appeal, a $1 million bid to move into larger, purpose-built facility to help meet increasing community demand.

Foundation board member Michael Ronaldson, speaking on behalf of the Oliver family, said Hospice had an important support role in the Ballarat district.

“We are acutely aware of the overwhelming demand for Ballarat Hospice Care’s services created by a lack of appropriate facilities,” Mr Ronaldson said. “The foundation is deeply passionate about its services to the community.”

Ballarat Hospice Care chairman Geoff Russell said the foundation’s generosity would boost the appeal in its aim to prepare the service for the next 25 years.

Hospice’s palliative care client numbers have doubled the past five years. The $1 million community appeal will contribute to the $5.5 million needed for land and purpose-built operations centre in Lucas. Hospice has also been seeking government funds to move from its cramped Drummond Street base. More: ballarathospicecare.org.au