Late last year the combined Probus Clubs in Stawell staged a highly successful and profitable Probus District 9780 Conference with funds raised through the event now delivered to support people in the community.
About 250 people from a large part of the western half of Victoria and parts of South Australia travelled to attend the event.
Due to the generosity of local businesses, a grant from Stawell Gold Mines and support from Northern Grampians Shire Council to cover the administration costs and expenses, there was a surplus of funds when the books were balanced.
The surplus has been invested into the Stawell community and Stawell Regional Health chief executive Rohan Fitzgerald and Unit Manager of the new Oncology Department, Jan Sherwell accepted a cheque to fund the installation of cupboards for patients to store their belongings in while receiving treatment.
Co-ordinator of the Community Car Program, Joy McCracken accepted a cheque for the transport program which assists frail, the elderly, people with disabilities and those unable to drive themselves.
The service transports people with limited mobility to towns across Victoria and to Melbourne for medical appointments and other requirements. The service is provided by volunteers.
The feedback from the Probus conference was positive and many attendees extended their stay in the area to see more of Stawell and the Grampians.