Dry July funds musical equipment at Charles Gairdner Hospital
Thanks to funding from Dry July for musical equipment, the Music at Charlies initiative was developed at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) in Western Australia to brighten the lives of patients, visitors and staff through the
soothing power of music. Music has a unique link to our emotions so it can be an extremely effective stress management tool for patients whose journey in a hospital environment can sometimes be filled with anxiety, fear and uncertainty. Local voluntary musicians are sourced from the University of Western Australia’s School of Music, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the wider Perth music community to perform at the
lunchtime concerts. The Music at Charlies program is in its second year and
is very much patient centred. As an organisation, SCGH is compassionate
to their patient’s needs and it has been wonderful to see the smiling faces in the audience. The music program has featured a mix of musical and dance genres including Indian classical dance, Aboriginal music as well as local vocalists and choirs singing classical, jazz, musical theatre, soft rock
and other ‘easy listening’ repertoire. Feedback from the audience has been extremely positive, with the program organiser regularly receiving comments such as “a lovely escape from reality”, “the singing was fabulous-I really enjoyed it”, and “an awesome idea to brighten our day”.
One patient who had a life limiting illness was joined by her family to attend one of the musical performances. They had a wonderful time and the family
Were left with happy precious memories when she sadly passed away a few days later.
Western Australian Cancer Support Organisations Receive 2016 Dry July Funds
We have announced the 41 recipients of this year’s Dry July Foundation Grant Program as part of the 2016 Dry July campaign.
In Western Australia, 5 recipients received funding for projects to assist those affected by cancer.
To view the full announcement, please click on the link below:
Congratulations to this year’s Grant Program recipients in Western Australia:
• Cancer Council Western Australia
o Conversion of Banksia meeting room into accommodation room at Crawford Lodge
o New communal kitchen at Crawford Lodge
• Cancer Patients Foundation
o Additional Look Good Feel Better courses in WA
• Cancer Support WA
o 5 week and 10 week Wellness & Support Courses
o Demonstration kitchen fit-out and equipment to facilitate nutrition courses
• Leukaemia Foundation
o Refurbishment of Leukaemia Foundation accommodation units for Western Australians diagnosed with blood cancer
• SolarisCare Cancer Support Centres
o Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program
o Portable back massage cushions
Support for Patients at Esperance Hospital
Cancer patients at Esperance Hospital will benefit from 2 grants given to Esperance Hospital in 2015:
- a new blanket warming cabinet to warm blankets and heat packs and help make patients more comfortable when experiencing side effects of treatment
- refurbishment of the outdoor patient area, to make this space more welcoming and accessible to patients
Support for Bruce Rock Memorial Hospital
The Dry July Foundation was able to grant funding to Bruce Rock Memorial Hospital in the Wheatbelt region towards 2 projects in the palliative care ward:
- Purchase of a double seat/convertible sofa bed for palliative care patients and their visitors to sleep on
- Installation of of plants, soil and mulch to improve the garden outside the palliative care room
New Carpeting and Drapes at Crawford Lodge
Cancer Council Western Australia is the recipient of a grant from the Dry July Foundation which will go towards purchasing and installing new carpets and drapes at the Crawford Lodge in Perth.
These refurbishments will help brighten up the Lodge and make guests, their carers and families a little more at home.