Melbourne Cup Function
We are holding a Melbourne Cup Function on 6th November at Quality Hotel, Mermaid Waters. All proceeds from this event go to the Big Red Kidney Dialysis Bus. This Bus is a mobile dialysis bus fitted out with 3 dialysis chairs, staffed by Kidney Health Australia renal nurses and a renal technician.The Bus caters for up to 36 patients per week 6 days a week. This bus will the the first one in Qld. The bus will travel all over Qld stopping at caravan parks for a period of 6 weeks. Dialysis patients will be able to book a place on the bus. At the moment dialysis patients are restricted to their home states as extra dialysis patients are unable to be booked into local Qld hospitals due to restricted places at Hospitals. Therefore dialysis patients live a very restrictive lifestyle confined to their homes, unable to visit friends, families, attend work functions or even just to have a short break. Many dialysis patients suffer from depression and mental health issues. Also patients quite often have young families and this means the families also suffer along with the patients. Robina Lions Club is fundraising to raise $250,000 to put the first Qld Big Red Kidney Dialysis Bus on the road. We expect it will take us 2 years to raise this amount (already up to $50,000) How exciting it would be to see this Bus on the road in Qld and to know that you have made a difference in the lives of so many people.