November 25, 2014
Country cancer patients at Cancer Council WA’s Crawford Lodge in Nedlands now have a place to relax, recline and enjoy a movie or some live music thanks to a new multi-functional theatre room built with funds from Dry July.
Cancer Council WA was again one of the beneficiaries of Dry July this year, raising more than $364,000, following over $293,000 that was raised in 2013. Dry July is the fundraiser that challenges you to go booze-free for a month to support adults living with cancer.
CCWA Chief Executive Officer, Susan Rooney, said the funds raised from Dry July have enabled some very exciting additions at the two lodges, particularly the theatre room at Crawford Lodge.
“This is a wonderful room that will allow up to 20 guests to relax in a comfortable environment and unwind and watch a movie, listen to some acoustic music, or perhaps take in some live sport on television,” Ms Rooney said.
The room includes sound proofing, reclining chairs, surround sound system, screen and stage and lighting.
“We are so grateful to Dry July for making Cancer Council WA a beneficiary again this year, and to the nearly 1,700 very generous people who went without alcohol during Dry July,” she said.
As well as the theatre room at Crawford Lodge, there were a number of other improvements to the lodges which were made possible:
• a covered walkway at Crawford Lodge was built - where guests previously walked outside the main building and along a short path to access their rooms, this domed cover now enables them to get to their rooms without having to walk through cold, rain and winds;
• ceiling fans were installed at Crawford Lodge and Milroy Lodge - this gives the country patients staying at the lodges an alternative airflow option to air-conditioning during the hot summer;
• mattresses were replaced at Milroy Lodge - the existing mattresses at Milroy Lodge were seven years old, and were replaced with high quality durable and more comfortable mattresses; and
• WiFi and Skype were introduced at both Crawford Lodge and Milroy Lodge - Skype-enabled computers and printers for guests were purchased to use at the lodges; tablets and WiFi were bought to enable guests to communicate with family from the comfort and privacy of their own rooms.
Ms Rooney said the changes will make a significant difference to the guests at both lodges.
“We appreciate the support of everyone who went dry in July to help these additions become a reality. They’re directly helping nearly four thousand country cancer patients who stay in our two lodges each year in Perth while they undergo treatment,” Ms Rooney said.