Funding boost to support local veterans - Wishlist Org
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Funding boost to support local veterans

13th January, 2022

A generous Coast RSL sub-branch has been announced as a significant donor after gifting $25,000 to an Australian-first project being built opposite the Sunshine Coast University Hospital in Birtinya. 

The four-level Wishlist Centre – spearheaded by health foundation Wishlist – is expected to open later this year to provide care and support services to patients and families facing a health crisis. 

“We are thrilled to announce RSL Caloundra Sub-Branch will be recognised within Stage One of Wishlist Centre as a Haven Room Donor following their gift of $25,000,” Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said. 

“This donation will reach far wider than this initial stage as we set our sights on Stage Two to provide more space for health and community services to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of veterans and their families.” 

Stage Two will also provide further support for young adults and adolescents. 

Photo: Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch Senior Vice President Terry O’Connor, Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch Treasurer Ian Harrison, Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe and Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch President Heather Christie. ​

Caloundra RSL Sub Branch President Heather Christie said branch regarded Wishlist’s work as invaluable in contributing to the wellbeing of patients and families utilising Sunshine Coast health services. 

“We recognise the need for more transitionary care accommodation opposite the Sunshine Coast University Hospital with Wishlist Centre (Stage One) and for the many patient-led services that will be on offer in the facility once open. 

“We have also endorsed Wishlist’s proposal to establish a veteran’s primary healthcare hub in Wishlist Centre (Stage Two), and we hope that our donation will encourage other sub-branches in the region as well as State RSL to become Wishlist Centre donors to assist in bringing this future stage into reality.” 

Wishlist Centre will be the nation’s first facility to offer affordable patient accommodation, primary healthcare and complementary therapies under one roof. 

Photo: Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch Senior Vice President Terry O’Connor, Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch Treasurer Ian Harrison, Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe and Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch President Heather Christie at the Wishlist Centre site.

For more information on becoming a Room Donor phone Wishlist on (07) 5202 1777, or click here to be part of the legacy by donating a Virtual Brick and forever being recognised in the centre.

WISHLIST CENTRE FAST FACTS: 

· Wishlist Centre will provide transitionary care accommodation to support patients and their families whilst having ongoing treatment opposite the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. 

· The facility will offer unique, no-cost and low-cost services – including a sanctuary style medical centre on the ground floor – that will benefit patients and families staying within the facility and the wider community. 

· The $14 million project has commenced construction and is supported by a $12 million Federal Government grant through the Australian Government’s Department of Health, Community Health and Hospital Program, secured by Federal Member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace. 

· A $2 million donation was gifted to Wishlist in 2021 by local philanthropists Roy and Nola Thompson.