Thanks to funds raised through Dry July 2019, the Dry July Foundation has been able to fund the partial renovation of the Ba-Lee Lodge.
Ba-Lee Lodge complex comprises 5 self-contained accommodation units, a communal laundry and al fresco area. These units were donated following the Bali bombing disaster by the Lee family. They are now approximately 17 years old and desperately need a refurbishment.
Creating a home away from home is the aim of these units. Cancer Patients from the Barwon South Western region who are attending Andrew Love Cancer Centre (ALCC) and University Hospital Geelong (UHG) for consultation, treatment, surgery or recovery may need accommodation for anywhere from one night to several months.
Many patients return to accommodation regularly for maintenance therapy. Knowing that they have a comfortable room and a bed for the night helps then deal with the rigours of treatment, travel and being away from family and friends.
Feedback from patients on the amenity is positive, however the units are in need of updating to ensure safe and comfortable accommodation is provided to meet their needs during this stressful period. This will make a big difference to regional patients who need this space.