Make Your Mark committee chair Neil Thomas was full of praise at yesterday's opening of the hospital.July 2, 2014 3:57am
Make Your Mark has exceeded its fundraising goal by more than $265,500, with delighted committee members announcing the total at yesterday’s hospital opening.
Committee chairman Neil Thomas struggled to contain his emotions, clearly proud of everyone involved in the project.
He insisted on bringing the committee on stage and acknowledged the crowd as ‘‘distinguished guests’’.
‘‘You are all our distinguished guests, because we wouldn’t be here without your support,’’ he said.
‘‘I have tears in my eyes as I tell you I am standing tall, so proud to be a member of this community.
‘‘Each donation has been extremely important to us, from the pensioners who donated $20 per fortnight from their pension, to the gold and platinum sponsors who contributed amounts of $50,000 and $100,000.
‘‘I thank all of you.
‘‘Make Your Mark began around two years ago, after we learned that the hospital had been allocated $2.4 million for equipment.
‘‘We thought that was a good amount, but we wanted a great amount, so we decided to match it, dollar for dollar.
‘‘Initially, $2.4 million seemed like a daunting amount, but we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the communities.’’
Mr Thomas then announced the funding amount raised by Make Your Mark to date: $2,665,529.31.
He encouraged people who are yet to donate to consider supporting Make Your Mark, which will continue to accept donations for the next 12 months, until stage two of the redevelopment has been completed.
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