Caring for our Community

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Community Focus In 2017/18

SS&A Albury donated over $135,000 to community groups in the local region including Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, Upper Murray Family Care, YES Unlimited, Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare, Fight MND, Albury RSL, Albury Legacy, Boys to the Bush, Border Ovarian Cancer Awareness Group, Albury Wodonga Pipes & Drums, Belvoir Special School, Lavington East Public School, St Anne’s Primary School.

Board and management of SS&A Albury are proud to donate these essential funds and recognise that it couldn’t be achieved without the continued support of members, guests and staff.

Treatment Close to Home Makes a Difference
A mega donation of $80,000 from the SS&A has helped replace and upgrade much-needed monitoring equipment for the children’s cancer treatment space at Albury Hospital.

One local family with a child who has been receiving ongoing treatment for a rare form of cancer says local fundraising through the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund has helped make the treatment journey less challenging.
Sally Wildon’s five-year-old son Archie has had three and a half years of intensive chemotherapy, mostly in Melbourne, and has just finished 12 months of maintenance treatment at Albury Hospital.
One of the features of the equipment funded by the SS&A allows those children receiving treatment who are very sick and unable to fight off bugs, to be placed in isolation, yet remain connected to high-tech monitors, allowing nurses to keep a close eye on them whilst not in the room.
Sally Wildon says having the latest monitoring technology locally gives families like her peace of mind. “Archie often would have zero immunity so he would have to be in isolation,”
Sally said.
“Children on the ward might be coming in with illnesses such as chest infections and that would kill him, so it’s really important.”
Nurse Unit Manager of Paediatrics Samantha Peet says the upgraded technology makes caring for children much easier and effective.

“It is very exciting to have the newest version of the equipment which includes seven monitors that are beside the patient’s bed, a monitor in the treatment room and a central monitor at the nurse’s station.
“The new equipment also allows us to transfer the patient’s data from the ED department and to the ICU department if it is required that the children get moved. This allows for consistent treatment and streamlined care for all our patients.”
Perhaps the greatest benefit of adding new technology to the children’s cancer treatment space is giving families confidence, and an ability to keep families together during challenging times.
“When Archie was first diagnosed and was 18 months old we were in Melbourne and they said, ‘we’ll try and get you back home’ and I was a bit scared, because locally we couldn’t compare to the ward at the Royal Children’s with their equipment and isolation rooms.
“But we’re getting better and better as we’re getting more funding which is making a huge difference to lots of families. And when we do have treatment here, we keep the family together, as we have three other children,” Sally said.
“Anything that we can do to help a family through a very difficult time is of upmost importance,” added Samantha.
“With the support of the SS&A, it ensures that we have state of the art equipment to do this and it also makes the nurses job so much easier when we have equipment that facilitates our care.” “

Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre $40,000 donated
Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre is a unique service that was established in 2009. It is the first cross border public health service to exist in Australia and operates under an agreement between NSW and Victoria governments to provide the largest regional health care services between Sydney and Melbourne. It supports a catchment population of 250,000, covering North East Victoria and southern NSW. They have over 2,100 staff and over 200 volunteers working at two public hospitals, two rehabilitation centres, a dental clinic and mental health services to meet the needs of our diverse regional community.

Upper Murray Family Care
$30,000 donated in first of three installments

From humble beginnings in 1979, Upper Murray Family Care has grown into a vibrant and diverse organisation, with a primary goal of strengthening, nurturing and caring for children and families throughout North East Victoria and the Upper Murray. They are an independent, non-government, community managed agency, offering a range of quality services that are responsive to the varying needs of communities extending from the cities of Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta and Benalla, to townships throughout the Towong, Mansfield, Alpine and Indigo shires.

Albury Wodonga Youth Emergency Services (YES Unlimited)
$20,000 donated

YES Unlimited is all about investing in people and building better communities. They are a not-forprofit, community-based organisation and have been delivering a range of services and support in Albury and surrounding areas for more than 35 years, including accommodation and homelessness services, therapeutic services and a youth resource centre. Their team of over 30 staff are passionate about our community, and believe that everyone should have access to the resources, knowledge and support they need to thrive.

Bluearth Active Schools Program
$10,000 donated to three schools

Bluearth Active Schools Program delivers programs throughout Australia in urban, rural and remote communities to show the value of movement and create positive experiences in activity. Their work with schools, teachers, parents and carers highlights how they can encourage and nurture children to be active every day, enabling them to reach their full potential. This year, SS&A Albury donated $5,000 to St Anne’s Primary School, $2,500 to Lavington East Public School and $2,500 to Belvoir Special School to enable them to secure the program.

Albury Wodonga Regional Food Share
$20,000 donated

Albury Wodonga Regional Food Share is the logistical solution to food insecurity in our region. They work collaboratively to maximise the volume and nutritional quality of food for local people in need. They rescue food on a mass scale by operating a first-class warehouse in Wodonga that receives, sorts, stores and distributes rescued food with the help of a growing team of volunteers. They share rescued food and meals with welfare agencies, schools and neighbourhood houses in the Albury Wodonga region to give to people that would otherwise go hungry.