Cancer Council Queensland has launched its new lodge for cancer patients, naming the Olive McMahon Lodge after a local lady who left over $1 million to CCQ in her Will. CCQ also received a $3 million grant from the Queensland Government’s three-year $15 million Regional Patient Accommodation Scheme to purchase the former motel.
The premises at 2 Scott Street, East Toowoomba have been extensively remodelled and refurbished to provide a home away from home for cancer sufferers from across the Darling Downs and South West Queensland as they undergo therapy in Toowoomba. The Lodge offers 45 beds, an equivalent of 15,000 accommodation nights per annum.
Dignitaries attending the opening included CCQ’s chairman, the Hon. Justice Richard Chesterman AO RFD, CEO Professor Jeff Dunn and local State parliamentarians. Deputy Mayor, Cr Paul Antonio represented Toowoomba Regional Council. Representatives of the late Olive McMahon’s family, Olive’s sister Fran Donaldson and nephew Neil Donaldson assisted Justice Chesterman with the unveiling.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO, Professor Jeff Dunn said “Thousands of patients will benefit from this facility, enjoying a chance to recover from cancer treatment in a comfortable setting with all the support they need from the Cancer Council. This is a great achievement for regional cancer patients and a great outcome for the people of South West Queensland.”
Donations towards the $500,000 annual running costs are welcomed, and can be made online at www.cancerqld.org.au or by phoning Cancer Council Queensland’s Toowoomba office on 4690 5800