$100,000 boost to hospital fund helps WA regional families when they need it most

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Regional families in Western Australia can breathe a bit easier, thanks to a $100,000 donation to Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation by mining group Mineral Resources Ltd.

The funds will boost the foundation's Regional Assistance Fund, which helps regional and rural families who incur unexpected cost-of-living expenses while their child is being treated at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

MRL has also pledged to donate another $100,000 to the fund each year for the next two years.

The donation will go a long way to help people like Lee Schaeche-Odine, who has relied on the Regional Assistance Fund when travelling with her son Joel, who has Cystic Fibrosis, from their home in Bunbury to Perth for treatment at PMH. Every three months for the last three years, she and 11-year-old Joel have made the trip to Perth to spend two-week treatment stints at PMH, while her husband and daughter remain in Bunbury.

For families like theirs, Mrs Schaeche-Odine said the Regional Assistance Fund had been a blessing. "Knowing we’ve had the Regional Assistance Fund as a fall-back option has been a weight off my mind," she says. "In the early years travelling to Perth put a lot of stress on us financially because when you’re away from home for two weeks at a time it can be quite expensive, particularly food shopping because Joel requires a special high-calorie diet. You can bring some food with you, but I need to go food shopping in Subiaco twice a week and that can put a strain on us financially, and that is where the fund has assisted us."

MRL managing director Chris Ellison said the company was honoured to support the PMH Foundation.

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