A COMMUNITY group is rallying behind the state’s only bone and tissue donation service in the hopes of stopping it from closing.
The Rotary Club of Mill Point will host the Rotary Charity Golf Day next Friday to raise funds for PlusLife.
For the second consecutive year, PlusLife will receive 50 per cent of the funds raised from the tournament at Royal Perth Golf Club in South Perth.
The remaining funds will be channelled into local and international projects run by Rotary.
PlusLife is seeking $10 million from the State Government to build new facilities with the current tenancy at Hollywood Hospital in Nedlands due to expire in 2017.
Bone and tissue donations are required almost daily to treat patients with spinal deformities, bone cancers, arthritic joint disease, sporting injuries and facial reconstruction surgery.
Rotary Club of Mill Point president Alison Thair said the club was proud to fundraise for such a worthy community organisation.
“There is not enough awareness about the fantastic and life-changing role PlusLife plays in our community,” Ms Thair said.
“This is an organisation that does incredible work in terms of the donations, the preparation of those donations to produce the bone and tissue grafts, the labelling and storage of them and then providing them to surgeons for the treatment of patients.
“Through PlusLife, many of these patients are saved the trauma of limb amputation and many are able to retain their own independence to live a normal life.”
PlusLife managing director Anne Cowie said money raised from the charity golf day would go towards funding new premises in Midland.
“We are so grateful to be a major beneficiary of this Rotary Club of Mill Point fundraiser,” Mrs Cowie said.
“Thousands of West Australians have been helped by PlusLife and bone and tissue donations. Last year alone, we supplied bone and tissue to more than 500 patients.
“But the sad reality is that without this funding we will be unable to continue to help these people in the future.”
Individual registrations for the charity golf day are $220 and include lunch, 18 holes of golf, one course drinks followed by canapes and beverages.