GOOD CAUSE: Jerra and Zane Store prepare for the bedpan toss to raise awareness of bowel cancer at Laidley Hospital’s centenary celebration.
GOOD CAUSE: Jerra and Zane Store prepare for the bedpan toss to raise awareness of bowel cancer at Laidley Hospital’s centenary celebration.

Hospital centenary set to pan out well

ONE of the highlights of the Laidley Hospital centenary celebration this Sunday is the inaugural bedpan toss to raise awareness of bowel cancer.

Laidley Hospital is having a party to celebrate its 100th birthday and we're all invited.

Claire Annear of Bowel Cancer Australia said it was great to see bowel cancer awareness having such a prominent role in Laidley Hospital's centenary celebrations.

"Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer of Australians after lung cancer claiming 3,980 lives each year," Ms Annear said.

"It is preventable, treatable and beatable but talking about bowel cancer can be difficult for some.

"So Bowel Cancer Australia is always appreciative of enthusiastic supporters who come up with cheeky ways to break the ice, start the bowel cancer awareness conversation, and help save lives."

A community fun day involving a fun run, health expo and the bedpan toss for bowel cancer awareness will be held at the hospital this Sunday from 7.30am-12pm.

Past and present staff of Laidley Hospital are invited to attend a reunion barbecue after the celebrations to reflect on ten decades of healthcare.

Laidley Hospital officially opened on March 6, 1915, as Lockyer General Hospital, following years of a community driven campaign.

The hospital's director of nursing and facility manager Erica Fletcher said the centenary was an important milestone for the Laidley community and would be marked by sealing a time capsule to be opened in 2065.

"Community and industry stakeholders have been invited to include an item in the time capsule that represents health as we know it today," Ms Fletcher said.

"This includes copies of reports about the health of our region, centenary mementos signed by current staff and a register of the oldest living persons born at the hospital. Key events in 2015 including the Anzac Centenary and the arrival of HRH Princess Charlotte will also be recognised with a pair of pink booties providing the royal touches.

"As a close-knit community, it's more than likely family and friends will reopen the capsule in the years to come, and what a surprise they will find."

Ipswich Hospital Foundation chief executive Tom Yates will celebrate the centenary by donning his runners and joining the fun run.

"Healthy community events like the Laidley Centenary fun run are positive steps in our bid to become the healthiest community," Mr Yates said.

"I urge you to come along and run or walk your way to better health while celebrating the hospital's rich history."

For more information phone the facility on 5466 8100.

To register for the fun run, visit http://www.eventbrite.com.au and search Laidley Hospital Centenary.

All funds raised will go towards the purchase of vital cardiac equipment for the hospital.

Schedule of events

7.30am Laidley Hospital Auxiliary Fun Run.

8.30am Health Expo opens.

9.45am Official welcome including sealing of the centenary time capsule.

10.15am Inaugural bedpan toss for bowel cancer awareness.

12pm Health Expo closes.

12.30pm Staff reunion starts.



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