The Prince of Wales Hospital opened a new balcony for cancer patients today, the Amaroo Garden (Amaroo means ‘beautiful place’ in a local Aboriginal dialect). Randwick Mayor, Councillor Tony Bowen, accompanied by Dry July Co-Founder Brett Macdonald, Patron Adam Spencer and Ambassador Roy Billing cut the ribbon, welcoming patients to the brand new outdoor space at the Parkes 4 East cancer ward, finished with plants and seating.
Amaroo Garden will provide a space for patients and their families to retreat from the busy hospital environment and perhaps find a little time to relax in the shade.
The balcony was completely funded by Dry July and all the participants who went 'dry’ during the month of July in 2011; previously, patients did not have access to this outdoor space. The balcony directly connects to the inpatient cancer ward, offering easy access for patients.
Brett also officially handed over the 2012 Dry July cheque, for an impressive $353,510. Georgina Green was personally thanked for her amazing efforts this year, raising over $20,000 for the Prince of Wales Hospital. Georgina was also equal highest fundraiser in Australia.