More than 150 people supported the Long Lunch By The Lake on a very windy Sunday afternoon to raise funds for a good cause. The aim was to raise enough for a physio touch machine for the Forbes and Parkes Hospitals. According to organiser Debbie Roylance the target of $32,000 was reached. With money from ticket sales for the lunch, $3,732 from the raffle, the auction and pledges raised $12,485 with the help of auctioneer Kevin Miller, the Breast Cancer
Support Group donated $2,000 and funds previously held, the target was reached. “We are absolutely delighted with the response and support from the community, and a special thank you to the businesses and individuals who have donated both to the raffle and the auction,” said Debbie.
Businesses from both Parkes and Forbes supported the event, with about one third of the people at the lunch from Parkes. The physio touch machine has immediate results as it helps to reduce swelling and pain, and improve the range of motion of lymphedema patients. The machine can also be used in general scar tissue management and inflammation post-surgery, such as post hip or knee replacement. The order will be placed for two machines for
the hospitals as soon as the money is in the bank. The machines will be placed in the physio departments at each hospital. Debbie thanked all the volunteers for their help.
By Cheryl Newsom