ARARAT - The purchase of the new CT scanner by East Grampians Health Service has been made possible through sizeable donations from the EGHS Building for the Future Foundation and the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat Branch.
The Building for the Future Foundation provided $200,000 towards the cost of the CT scanner and the Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat Branch $150,000.
Building for the Future Foundation chairperson David Hosking said the trustees of the foundation are proud of the partnership they have with the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation which has enabled them to purchase the new 32 slice CT scanner.
"The wonderful facilities at East Grampians Health Service would not be possible without the ongoing support our community provides to both foundations and as a result, places our health service as one of the best equipped rural health service in Victoria," Mr Hosking said.
"I'd like to thank the trustees of Building for the Future Foundation and members of the Ararat branch of the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation for their support, dedication and commitment which has enabled the purchase of this CT scanner."
Blue Ribbon Foundation Ararat branch chairperson Terry Weeks said he felt very honoured to be a part of the dedication and that it was very rewarding to be a chairperson of such a dynamic group as the Blue Ribbon Foundation in Ararat.
"Over the past 13 years we have been able to, with the assistance of the Foundation and with great support from our supporters and the community of Ararat, contribute over $700,000 to East Grampians Health Service, creating a living memorial to a member of the Victoria Police force who has paid the ultimate sacrifice while performing his duty," he said.
The $150,000 for the CT scanner was raised through a number of events undertaken from 2011 to 2014, including the Salvation Hill luncheon, Grampians Ride to Remember and the Gala Night of Nights.
"Our Ararat branch of the Blue Ribbon Foundation is fortunate to have this great partnership with East Grampians Health Service and the Building for the Future Foundation and we would like to continue that well into the future," Mr Weeks said.