Cancer scanner challenge on ball

WANT an excuse to pull on a fancy outfit and kick-up your heels?

Northern Rivers residents have been set the challenge to help raise the $5 million needed to buy a new PET/CT scanner for Lismore Base Hospital - and all they have to do to help is buy a ticket to a black-tie ball, to be held in Ballina on October 25.

The scanner is a state-of-the-art cancer detection machine, regarded as one of the best in the world.

Ball organiser, Ballina MP Don Page, said the aim was to raise enough money to show the state and federal governments the region was committed to getting the machine, in a bid to secure funding from them.

“Cancer specialists on the Far North Coast believe one of these machines in our region would save countless lives,” Mr Page said.

“The PET/CT scanner helps doctors more accurately diagnose and identify cancer, heart disease and brain disorder.”

Mr Page said raising money for the scanner was separate to the Lismore Base Hospital upgrade and new cancer care unit.

“We wouldn't want to see the NSW State Government stall stage two of the upgrade using our desire to have a PET/CT scanner as an excuse,” he said.

The black tie event will be held in the Ballina RSL Club, with the 12-piece swing band Soul'd playing on the night.

The night will also feature entertainment by Mandy Nolan and Isabella A Capella. Food will be by multi-award-winning chef Gerhard Spatz.

Tickets are available from Shelly's On The Beach at East Ballina, La Boutique Gift Shop at Ballina, or from the Byron Bay Community Centre by calling 6685 5117.

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