Longtime Northern Health Foundation supporter, Josie Minniti OAM, has been fundraising for hospital equipment for 23 years.
Last week, Josie and her charity group, the Josie Minniti Fun Group, were thanked for their generous contributions with a morning tea in the Day Oncology Unit.
Day Oncology Nurse Unit Manager, Melissa Gwynne, said, “we wanted to acknowledge our longstanding and dedicated supporters.”
She said over the years, Josie and her friends have contributed treatment chairs, waiting room chairs, a prostate cancer scanner, refurbished an entire room in the Children’s Ward, and much more.
This time, Josie and her Fun Group were thanked for their contribution of two new treatment chairs and a blanket warmer.
“Raising money for cancer is always very important – I started because we had a lot of cancer in our family. It is a worthy cause and you can make a difference,” Josie said.
“All the equipment that is donated is used by patients, of which may also be family and friends, so I think it’s important that everyone gets on board. The equipment provides comfort to cancer patients while they’re undergoing their treatment, and you see the look on their face and the tranquillity now the equipment has come.”
Melissa expressed her sincere gratitude to Josie and her Fun Group for their continued commitment to Northern Health.
“Your tireless fundraising efforts ensure our oncology patients receive a high standard of care and feel comfortable and less anxious during their stay,” she said.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
This year, the Josie Minniti Fun Group will host its 15th Dinner Dance on Saturday, 29 June at Ferraro Reception Centre in Campbellfield, once again raising money for our cancer services.
Josie says, “if you can donate a little bit of time or organise any sort of fundraising, you are helping to make a real difference.”
“I’m passionate about fundraising for equipment, but you can get involved with whatever you want to do.”
Josie encourages the northern community to band together and ‘dance in defiance of cancer’ by purchasing tickets.
For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Josie & Rino Minniti on 9401 4199.