Anam Cara House fundraiser success

April 8, 2022 BY

Anam Cara's new 20-bed home in Waurn Ponds is on track to take its first guests in September. Photo: MRL MEDIA

ANAM Cara house has achieved its Giving Day quest to secure funds for a new 20-bed palliative care home at Deakin University, last week raising $1.3 million dollars.

“We’ve outgrown our four-bed facility and all funds raised will help to complete our new world-class, 20-bed, purpose-built home at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds,” the not-for-profit’s deputy chair Rob Threlfall said.

“The New Anam Cara is scheduled to open in September 2022 with elevated views over rural green fields, wineries and farmland. There is no facility like this in Australia.”

The facility will be fully integrated with the university’s School of Medicine and Faculty of Health, allowing Deakin direct access to education, bedside learning and research opportunities.

Sue Reyment (centre right), Anam Cara House Geelong volunteer coordinator along with local Rotarians during the appeal. Photo: CIRCUS MEDIA

“There’s no other in Australia where you have the offering that’s homelike, and the alignment with the university that will deliver the potential for teaching and research,” CEO Adrian Hart said.

“It’s an amazing outcome and show of support from the community,” Mr Hart said of the campaign that was achieved by corporate and philanthropic supporters tripling each community donation.

Thanking the Geelong community for its help, appeal ambassador Tom Hawkins said the home will bring comfort for those faced with a terminal illness.

“Although we cannot change the outcome … we can positively impact the journey,” he said.

Donations are still open, to contribute head to donate.achg.org.au/