There have been a number of developments in our progress towards the establishment of the new Sunshine Hospice facility. We have had preliminary discussions with another potential partner. We are now talking to three allied organisations with the aim of opening a hospice for the WHOLE Sunshine Coast Community. We expect to make an announcement on the outcome of these discussions progressively over the next few months.
We have had a positive response from volunteers who want to be part of the reopening of the Sunshine Hospice shop at Tewantin, we expect to reopen soon. The Cooroy shop is also seeking volunteers to reopen and provide financial support towards the reopening of the Sunshine Hospice.
Our future financial plan has been completed. This plan, which will be available shortly, clearly demonstrates that the long term future of the hospice is dependent on accreditation and access to recurrent funding from Government, Private Health Funds and Department of Veterans Affairs. This mix of funding support from these sources is what allows all other hospices in Queensland to continue their important Palliative care services within each of their communities. Our planning has confirmed this approach.
The Board is committed to establishing a Sunshine Hospice that provides vital palliative care services to the WHOLE of the Sunshine Coast and Cooloola communities in a caring and compassionate way. Financial support, as has been the case for the Sunshine Hospice since its establishment, will continue to come from all sectors and districts of these regions.
We have continued to receive financial support from a range of community organisations, businesses and local people, along with income from our Sunshine Hospice Shops over the last six months. This important financial support is not sufficient to ensure the ongoing existence of the Sunshine Hospice. The key message from our independent financial plan is that local fundraising alone will be insufficient to allow the hospice to operate into the future.
Finally, just because the hospice is currently closed does not mean the charity is closed. When the charity was first launched in Caloundra, it had a large following in the community. As there was no hospice then, the charity concentrated on fundraising – ‘for the Hospice that the Coast will build.’ Funds came from anywhere and everywhere this has continued and the Board is determined to see this approach maintained into the future.
Our reserves are continuing to grow and are being invested by the Board to ensure that the goal of opening a new Sunshine Hospice for the WHOLE of the Sunshine Coast and Cooloola Community is achieved.
President on behalf of the Board