Minister no help - Funds still tied up

14 Jun, 2006 10:04 AM

Despite a number of letters and emails from concerned residents the New South Wales Minister for Health John Hatzistergos has offered little help to the Milton Cancer Outpatients Appeal.

The Appeal is calling for more than $300,000 of community money, raised for the construction of a cancer clinic in Milton, to be returned to the committee by the South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Health Service.

2UE's John Laws interviewed the minister on June 6 about the community money and according to Appeal president Dee Carrington Mr Hatzistergos said he didn't know the details relating to the issue.

"The NSW Health Minister said on the radio that he didn't know the details about the SESIAHS refusing to return more than $300,000 raised by the community," Mrs Carrington said.

"This is despite a number of letters and emails being sent in the past six weeks.

"I would suggest that more people need to send the minister letters and emails with their concerns so he can get up-to-date with what is happening."

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock accused the minister of offering no assistance to the Appeal.

"John Laws interviewed the NSW Health Minister John Hatzistergos who by his own admission didn't even know if the account the money was being held in was earning interest," Mrs Hancock said.

"He failed to offer any real assistance."



Challenge brings $9,000 smiles

19 Apr, 2006 11:24 AM

Smiles a mile wide greeted the news that the Cancer Memorial Golf Challenge raised more than $9,000 for the Cancer Outpatients Appeal.

The golf event was organised by Nicole Smith, her father Gary Cooper and other family members, in association with the Marlin Hotel Social Golfers and was held at the Mollymook Golf Club.

Organisers didn't expect to raise such a large amount from the early morning golf tournament.

"We are just amazed and grateful for all the support we received for the event," Nicole said.

"I'd really like to thank the Golf Club, the Marlin Hotel and all the sponsors and donors who helped to make it such a success.

"It's great to be able to help raise funds for the Cancer House, because we need those services so much in this area."

Cancer Outpatients Appeal president Dee Carrington said she got a surprise when Nicole called to tell her they had raised more than $9,000.


Money puzzle lingers

24 May, 2006 12:25 PM

Confusion and frustration relating to the location more than $300,000 raised for the Milton Cancer Outpatients Appeal continues to grow with little hope of a swift resolution in sight.

Appeal president Dee Carrington expressed her disappointment and anger over the South Eastern Sydney Area Health's refusal to return more than $300,000 raised by the Appeal committee for the construction of a dedicated cancer treatment facility in Milton.

She said she was not prepared to let SESIAHS jeopardise the project and would continue to fight for the more than $300,000 raised by the community to be returned to the Appeal committee.



Where's Appeal money?

17 May, 2006 11:18 AM

The Milton Cancer Outpatients Appeal has been dealt a devastating blow with the South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service stating it cannot return more than $300,000 raised for a cancer clinic for legal reasons.

However Milton Cancer Outpatients Appeal president Dee Carrington said the committee has received legal advice that contradicts the SESIAHS claim that it cannot return the money.

Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock raised the issue of the Appeal funds in State parliament last week and said she has been receiving conflicting information about the status of the funds.

"Dee has received information which claims the funds are being held in a trust but I have a letter from SESIAHS CEO Debora Picone which clearly states the money is not in a trust but in a special purpose account," Mrs Hancock said.

"So really we still have no idea where the money actually is."

Mrs Carrington has written to the SESIAHS on numerous occasions in the past six months asking that funds held on behalf of the Appeal be returned so it can be deposited in the Appeal's own bank account.