Holy COW what’s happening with Bellingen Hospital NOW?

Maida Bugg Kevin Aitken Roofuss donation

Maida Bugg Kevin Aitken Roofuss donation

It could only happen in Bellingen. The BELLINGER HEALTH ACTION GROUP (BHAG) have been donated a Black Angus cow by Maida Bugg (Martells Rd Beef Farmer) & butchering by Kevin Aitken (Bellingen Butchery)to raise further funds towards the cost of re-roofing the leaking Bellingen Hospital roofs. Maida contacted BHAG after reading about the disgraceful state of the leaking roofs at Bellingen Hospital and offered one of her prime Black Angus cows. She has also donated the slaughter & freight costs. Kevin jumped at the opportunity to donate his services to hang, butcher and prepare 4 equal packs of meat. Yes there are 4 identical first prizes. We will commence the fundraising this week and we will draw the winning tickets in early June (exact date to be advised in May). So prepare your empty freezers for a June delivery of a quarter of a prime Black Angus Beef (estimated value of $500 fully butchered per prize).

Leonie Cooper Squires drawing the winning ticket

Leonie Cooper Squires drawing the winning ticket with BHAG Fundraiser Pauline Murphy

Due to this new donation & the amazing support for the raffle of the hand painted Silk Scarf generously donated by Leonie Cooper-Squires of Paradise Silks we will be drawing the winning ticket for the Silk Scarf this week. Thank you Leonie & to everyone who purchased tickets. The winner will be contacted & we will advise everyone in our next press release. Many thanks also to those who sold tickets for us especially Pauline Murphy who lassoed many of you as you went about your daily business.

Have you signed the Petition which is at various locations in Bellingen Urunga & Dorrigo? We have well over 1,000 signatures to date & we intend to close it after the ‘Roofuss” winners are contacted in early June.

The roofs at Bellingen Hospital have been leaking for decades with the ‘bucket brigade’ on overtime every time we have one of our regular heavy rain events.

In our recent press release we advised you that BHAG has set aside $35,000 of previously donated funds to go towards this major project. The total cost to re-roof Hewitt Block & Hartley House is $337,000 & BHAG will not part with any money until either the Mid North Coast Local Health District (Chief Executive Mr Stewart Dowrick) or the NSW State Government (via The Hon. Andrew Stoner MP) contribute to the balance. All current donations & raffle monies will be added to our promise of the $35,000. We will be installing a Thermometer in the Bellingen IGA window so that you can monitor how your generous donations are progressing. We look forward to the day when we can move the arrow up to the target amount because Mr Dowrick & or Mr Stoner have contributed the balance.

Unfortunately Mr Dowrick has not advised us that he does in fact intend to replace the roofs irrespective of where the money will come from & therefore we are forced to maintain our campaign. Thank you for supporting the re-roofing of our local Bellingen Hospital.