Charity funds boost will save cancer patient skin
A BRAND new cancer treatment machine has been purchased for the Mater Private Hospital Springfield with funds raised from the Greater Springfield Charity Ball.
More than 200 people dressed up in their best frocks and suits to attend the gala which was held at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club.
Mater Foundation CEO Nigel Harris said the gala was a huge success, with more than $70,000 being raised, which has allowed them to purchase equipment that will benefit thousands of patients.
"The money has enabled us to purchase a Gamma Probe, which is a piece of equipment used to remove melanoma cancer and lymph nodes in women who are being treated for breast cancer by radioactivity," Mr Harris said.
"This will be a welcome addition to the hospital and the hundreds of people from the Springfield region who use the hospital.
"This means they will be able to receive this kind of treatment closer to their homes.
"It is also another big milestone for the hospital, which just celebrated its first birthday."
Mr Harris said the Greater Springfield Charity Ball, which is hosted by Springfield Land Corporation, had been very generous in helping the Mater Foundation over the years.
"The ball that was held, that was their 10th one. In those 10 years, the Mater Foundation has been a beneficiary a couple of times," he said.
"We have a wonderful partnership with the team from Springfield Land Corporation and we are very thankful for their ongoing support.
"We are also extremely thankful for the level of support we have received from the Springfield region about supporting the ball and welcoming the hospital to the region."
Springfield Land Corporation founder and chairman Maha Sinnathamby said he was pleased to support an important organisation such as the Mater Foundation.
"We are delighted to put this event together annually," Mr Sinnathamby said.
"Mater as a brand represents first-class medical and wellness service."
The QT was also a sponsor of the event.