Construction of the Our House project in Hunter St, Lismore, is well under way. Checking the progress yesterday were fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista (front, centre) and (from left) Our House committee chairman Dr Chris Ingall and suppliers Terry McDonnell from The Kitchen Shelf and Marc Sams from Cummings Retravision.
Construction of the Our House project in Hunter St, Lismore, is well under way. Checking the progress yesterday were fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista (front, centre) and (from left) Our House committee chairman Dr Chris Ingall and suppliers Terry McDonnell from The Kitchen Shelf and Marc Sams from Cummings Retravision. Doug Eaton

Help buy a tile for Our House

HELPING people with cancer can now be as easy as buying a toaster.

The Our House project under construction in Hunter St, Lismore, will provide 20 accommodation units for cancer patients and their families.

The project is a joint initiative of the Northern Rivers Community Cancer Foundation and Our Kids, which aims to improve health services for local children.

Our House fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista said yesterday that government grants and corporate funding had made up most of the cost of $5.5 million.

"We came up half-a-million dollars short and now we're hoping the community can help us make up the shortfall," Ms Battista said.

"We're looking for donations of any amount that can provide any piece of equipment for the project, whether it's plates, cutlery, electrical appliances or bathroom fittings.

"We have wonderful suppliers who are providing appliances at great prices such as The Kitchen Shelf and Cummings Retravision."

Mrs Battista said anyone wanting to support the Our House project in this way should go to the website ourhouse.org.au or phone the Our Kids office on 6620 2705.

Paediatrician and Our House committee chairman Dr Chris Ingall said it was hoped construction would be finished by July for an August opening.

"We've had tremendous local support," Dr Ingall said.

"Now we're hoping public donations can help us finish the job."

Of the total cost, $3.6 million has come from the Federal Government, $500,000 from the State Government and $500,000 from the NSW Cancer Council.

Making inroads into the rest, the Ballina Shire Services Our House Committee is contributing about $200,000, Goonellabah Senior Citizens $180,000, the Dry July campaign $150,000, Ballina RSL Club $50,000 and the Northern Co-operative Meat Company $25,000.

Terry McDonnell, the proprietor of The Kitchen Shelf, said his business was pleased to get behind such a worthy project.

"Obviously it's a good local cause," he said.

"We were happy to get involved as a way of repaying the community that supports us."



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