A campaign aimed at raising $2 million to fit-out the new Critical Care Unit at Werribee Mercy Hospital has reached the halfway mark.
The Mercy Health Foundation executive director Simon White says $1 million has been raised since the campaign was launched about 18 months ago.
Mr White thanked local businesses and community groups that have donated to the cause so far, as well as Werribee Mercy Hospital Critical Care Unit Appeal Committee chairman Peter Mayall.
“The support that the hospital has gotten from the community is phenomenal,” Mr White said.
“The funds raised will be spent on equipment like cardiac monitors – ventilators which are worth about $75,000 and keep people alive by breathing for them – through to electric beds and resuscitation trolleys.”
Mr White said the new Critical Care Unit, which is under construction, was scheduled to open about June or July this year.
He said several events had been organised to help raise the remaining $1 million.
On Friday, March 2, Werribee Rotary will hold a golf day at the Werribee Park Golf Club.
Two days later, on Sunday, March 4, Wyndham Rotary will host a fun run and walk in Werribee, sponsored by Manor Lakes estate.
Mr White said an Easter Fair would also be held on Sunday, March 25, at the Victoria University campus in Hoppers Lane, from 11am to 3pm.
The event will feature children’s activities, food trucks, stalls, live performances, the Easter Bunny and an Easter egg hunt.