ECHUCA hospital’s high dependency unit will be able to buy a new piece of equipment thanks to Campaspe Shire’s strength and balance group.
Campaspe Movers and Shakers last week donated $450 to Echuca Regional Health.
Member Margaret Jones said participants sponsored themselves and every year the money raised was given to a local organisation.
‘‘The donation is in memory of Leslie Albert Poskitt who passed away a few weeks ago due to a serious heart condition,’’ she said.
High dependency unit nurse unit manager Jodie Smith said the money would be used to buy either an Airvo machine which delivers high-flow oxygen to patients, an ECG machine or monitor.
‘‘We are very much a community focused health service so we rely very heavily on the generosity of community groups for donations to help us purchase equipment,’’ she said.
‘‘This is very much appreciated and we are very grateful.’’
Mrs Jones said the group had previously donated to St Luke’s and the SES.
‘‘It is something every one of us is passionate about, and we enjoy doing as a group — bringing people together and helping others,’’ she said.
Participants recently took part in the annual Walking in May challenge where they walk together around the 208 school oval, with kilometres added together.
‘‘A township along the route is displayed on the map of Australia and the challenge is then to walk there and back within the month,’’ Mrs Jones said.
‘‘This year, the group walked the equivalent of Victor Harbour in South Australia and back via Mildura — round trip of 1700km.’’