Double celebrations for Village’s third birthday
Publish Date: 17/11/2016
The Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village has just celebrated its third birthday.
It was a double celebration for the village, which also recently provided its 10,000th night of free accommodation – a significant milestone! The birthday was celebrated with a special lunch at the village and included the opening of a new vegetable garden kindly donated by Bunnings in Windsor Gardens.
The 15-unit, purpose built village opened in 2013 and has since become a haven for regional families, often forced to uproot their entire lives and move to Adelaide for a loved one’s urgent medical treatment following a blood cancer diagnosis.
The village is also home to a support team and a fleet of patient transport vehicles, driven by a huge team of generous volunteers. This service transports people to and from vital appointments – not only from the village, but from homes, hospitals and medical treatment centres right across metropolitan Adelaide, free of charge.
The fleet of seven cars has covered some incredible distances over the past three years, in fact they’ve been driven more than 666,200 kilometres, which is the equivalent of more than 12.7 times around the Earth.
“The Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village has become the centre stage for our services in South Australia and continues to be a ‘home away from home’ for residents,” said Simon Matthias, General Manager – Leukaemia Foundation SA/NT.
“The village is a credit to the people of South Australia and those who supported its establishment in 2013. We look forward to continuing to offer these vital services well into the future.”
By making a generous gift today you can help the Leukaemia Foundation provide vital accommodation and support services for Australians who have been impacted by a life-threatening blood cancer diagnosis.