THE Vietnamese community has raised more than $90,000 to go towards building a fresh food kitchen at Prairiewood’s Braeside Hospital.
A $1.1 million project will enable Braeside Hospital to fulfill its long-held dream of serving its rehabilitation, palliative care and older people’s mental health patients with fresh cooked meals that reflect choice and cultural diversity.
A Braeside Hospital spokesman said the Vietnamese Community in Australia NSW Chapter president Thanh Van Nguyen, along with the help of an organising committee, coordinated a dinner attended by 800 people at the Crystal Palace, Canley Heights, through which the bulk of the funds were raised.
‘‘Alongside this, groups such as the Australian Vietnamese Health Professional Association, Vietnam Vision Project and Cabramatta Rotary Club organised fundraising on the streets of Cabramatta raising $10,000,’’ he said.
‘‘Mekong Panthers (Mounties) and the Commonwealth Bank also supported the community effort.’’
A cheque for $91,800 was presented by Mr Nguyen to HammondCare’s Chief Executive Dr Stephen Judd at Braeside Hospital last week.
This included $5000 presented by Mounties Club Director Noel Henry.
The spokesman said Dr Judd thanked Mr Nguyen, the Vietnamese community and other organisations for their support which he said was vital, as was continuing community support because there was no government funding for the project.
To find out more about Braeside Hospital’s new kitchen, visit http://tinyurl.com/o5fral2.