Letter from Nik Tsardakis, Patron of the Manor Lake Wyndham Rotary Fun Run/Walk 2018
"I am delighted to be asked to be the Patron of the Wyndham Rotary Fun Run/Walk – March 2018. As a Rotarian of 38 years I am well aware of the community activity and fund raising capacity of Rotary.
For a long period Wyndham Rotary Club has contributed to the local community in many ways and I am pleased they have chosen the very important local public hospital, operated by the Mercy Hospitals Victoria Ltd. as one of their major fund raising activities.
The Victorian State Government announced in 2015 that is will invest $85 million to expand the Werribee Mercy Hospital, providing families in Melbourne’s west, and particularly the City of Wyndham with surgical and critical care services closure to home. The build, which is well underway, includes an eight (8) bed critical care unit, fifty six (56) new inpatient beds, six (6) additional operating theatres and a new sterile supply department. Completion date is June 2018.
Part of the funding announcement was the requirement for the operator of the public hospital to fund $2 million toward the project and this has bought two Foundations, the Mercy Health Foundation and the Werribee Hospital Foundation with shared values, to work together to raise the outstanding amount of $2 million for the Werribee Mercy Critical Care Unit (CCU) Appeal.
Locally the Werribee Hospital Foundation has been supporting the Werribee Mercy Hospital for over 25 years. I as Chairman of the Werribee Hospital Foundation ask that you take up the challenge to contribute in as many ways as possible, either as a sponsor or participant in the fun run/walk to help raise funds through the Wyndham Rotary Club Fun Run/Walk on Sunday March 4th 2018.
It is vital our local public hospital continues to grow to meet the needs of the community of Wyndham. When residents need urgent medical care, they want to be confident they and their families can rely on the very best care being available locally.
I have lived in Werribee most of my life and today the region I love, along with its burgeoning communities, is very much the focus of my continuing community involvement.
As one of the original Directors fo the then Werribee District Hospital, we guided the hospital until 1993 when it was decommissioned and the new Werribee Mercy Hospital opened in its location on Princes Hwy.
Prior to its decommissioning, I along with 4 other directors helped establish the Werribee Hospital Foundation, an organisation focused solely on supporting local public hospital services in Wyndham and one that has provided over $1.5M to help fund various local hospital projects.
Today I continue to be involved in the organisations committed to making a difference locally. As a Director of the Werribee Hospital Foundation and Manor Court Werribee Aged Care Ltd. (a not for profit 100 bed aged care facility) I’m extremely proud of their achievements and my association with them.
Similarly I enjoy a long-standing association with the Rotary Club of Hopper Crossing. After becoming a Charter Member in 1979, I’ve continued to support Rotary’s work locally and globally, taking tremendous satisfaction from working alongside many friends I have come to know over the years.
I welcome your support as a sponsor and/or participant in the Wyndham Rotary Fun Run/Walk to raise funds for the much needed Werribee Mercy Hospital Critical Care Unit."
Chairman – Werribee Hospital Foundation