Heartbeat Victoria Goulburn Valley branch has purchased thousands of dollars of equipment for Goulburn Valley Health’s cardiac department through recycling cans.JENNA BISHOP July 18, 2014 3:47am
Heartbeat Victoria Goulburn Valley branch members Ernie Poyner, Ian Powell and Arnold Gough with some of the thousands of crushed cans.
The sound of more than 8000 cans being crushed is ringing in their ears, but it’s all for a good cause for members of Heartbeat Victoria Goulburn Valley branch.
They collect cans from across the region and once a month gather for a can-crushing afternoon, squashing bales of cans down to a more manageable size.
Thousands of cans are crushed in two wall-mounted crushers in a shed and then taken to a recycling centre to be sold.
Branch president Ian Powell said profits from the can crushing would go towards buying equipment for Goulburn Valley Health’s cardiac department.
‘‘If the hospital needs important equipment, we are in a position to pay for it on the spot,’’ he said.
With seven heart bypasses, two pacemakers and plenty of heart trouble between Mr Powell and fellow members Ernie Poyner and Arnold Gough, they understand how important the cardiac department is to people.
‘‘If we hear of someone who’s had heart surgery, they can contact us and and we can talk to them about it and help them through it,’’ Mr Powell said.
The group raises close to $5000 each year through collecting and recycling cans, the main fundraiser for the organisation.
Mr Powell said the group had donated more than $320
It had also just approved the donation of two Holter cardiac monitors totalling $10
The group is seeking donations of aluminium cans to help with its fundraising efforts.
‘‘If anyone has any cans they would be happy to donate, we’re happy to come and get them,’’ Mr Powell said.
Mr Gough said the group existed with the support of generous people.
‘We’ve got two wonderful members in Kyabram who go around sporting grounds and other places collecting cans to crush. They give us a cheque for about $230 at the end of each month,’’ he said.
‘‘One lady collects cans from the Congolese community, which is a big support.’’
Mr Gough said the group was calling for more members to join the organisation.
‘‘It’s a group anyone can join, you don’t have to have cardiac issues,’’ he said.
The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 6
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