Locals fundraise to fix the roof at Bellingen Hospital
IN A small country town like Bellingen people just pitch in to get a job done.
Take the leaking roof at the Bellingen Hospital for instance.
In what has been one of the wettest starts to a year in living memory, hospital staff and patients have watched the buckets fill in the hospital wards.
After reading of the situation and the efforts of the Bellinger Health Action Group to raise funds for a new roof, local Maida Bigg was moved into action.
The Martells Rd grazier has donated a black angus steer for a fundraiser while Bellinger butcher Kevin Aitken will donate the slaughter and freight costs.
"Kevin has jumped at the opportunity to donate his services to hang, butcher and prepare four equal packs of meat," Bellinger Health Action Group president Barbara Moore said.
"We will commence the fundraising this week and we will draw the winning tickets in early June, with the exact date to be advised in May.
"So prepare your empty freezers for a June delivery of a quarter of a prime Black Angus Beef with an estimated value of $500 fully butchered per prize.
A raffle for a hand-painted silk scarf donated by Leonie Cooper-Squires of Paradise Silks will also be drawn this week.
"Many thanks also to those who sold tickets for us especially Pauline Murphy who lassoed many of you as you went about your daily business," Barbara said.
A petition that is being circulated in Bellingen, Urunga and Dorrigo calling on the State Government to address the state of the hospital roof has gained more than 1,000 signatures.
The Bellinger Health Action Group has more raised around $35,000, yet the total cost of the project is $337,000.