Wollongong Hospital receives a grant from the Dry July Foundation
We're proud to announce that Wollongong Hospital has received a grant from the Dry July Foundation 2018 Grant Program.
The grant will go towards the following:
• “Reinvigorate Our Space” project: refurbishing the Main Reception of the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre, to provide a safe and calm environment that welcomes patients and houses them comfortably during one of the most stressful periods of their lives
Local Support = Local Patient Benefits
Sign up to Dry July on Wednesday 13 June in the Foyer at Wollongong Hospital Foyer!
Projects funded from Dry July 2017
Thanks to funds raised from Dry July 2017, Wollongong Hospital (Illawarra Cancer Care Centre) have been able to fund the following projects:
- NEW magazines throughout the patient spaces in the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre and Cancer Inpatient Ward
- Children’s Creativity Packs for children accompanying adults to appointments
- 2018: Patient and Carer Tai Chi Program
- 2018: Living Well After Treatment Workshops
- Large Pots housing palms outside the Level 2 entrance to the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre
- Music, delivered via iPad and speaker, while patients undergo Radiation Therapy treatment
- Colour me Calm Mindfulness Resource Kits for Chemotherapy patients
- A Hydration Station in the Radiation Therapy patient waiting space (launching May 2018)
- Redesign and refurbish the main patient waiting space on Level 2, Illawarra Cancer Care Centre (in development)
- Welcome to Cancer Services video for patient viewing (in development)
Events in the Illawarra for Dry July
Each year we approach the campaign with a light-hearted and positive attitude to help staff, patients and their families to get on board with Dry July. Here are some photos of our events to promote the campaign in 2017.
Wollongong Hospital plans for Dry July funds in 2017. Plus meet their mascot, schoo-na.
Each year we work incredibly hard to raise funds through the Dry July campaign. Have you been wondering how this year’s donations might be spent? Our ‘Bright Ideas’ patient survey campaign, showed a trend for three focus areas which have been categorised as follows:
Introduction of Living Well With and After Cancer Treatment programs, which aim to assist people who have completed their cancer treatment to help enrich their quality of life and take the care of their mind, body and spirit.
Reinvigorate our space. Our patients have told us that more pleasant waiting areas, the introduction of visual and digital arts and improved refreshment facilities would be a welcome addition to regular appointments throughout treatment.
Develop the While You’re Here initiative that will provide a series of creative mediums for patients and family members to use during treatment or while waiting for treatment. This includes art and craft spaces, daily newspapers, magazines and the availability of technology to listen to music or browse the internet.
There have been so many incredible ideas added to our Wish List for this year’s fundraising. We cannot wait to bring them to life!