Successful community campaign funds purchase of new building for the Wagga Women’s Health Centre
Less than two years after the Wagga Women’s Health Centre (WWHC) launched its fundraising appeal to purchase permanent accommodation for the Centre, a new building has been purchased to house its operations in the Wagga Wagga CBD.
Having secured close to $500,000 in funding through an ambitious community campaign, the WWHC has negotiated to purchase a building located at 22 Peter Street.
The new building is needed to accommodate the ongoing operations of the Wagga Women’s Health Centre. The centre moved from Morrow Street to Morgan Street in recent years and only had funding to lease that building for a limited amount of time. The Centre could not continue to provide its valuable services to the community without appropriate accommodation.
Helen Mundy, President of the WWHC Management Committee said that the generosity and community support for the centre had been overwhelming.
“We had hoped to be in this position by the end of 2016, so to have reached our goal of purchasing a new building two years ahead of schedule is a truly wonderful result.”
“Our local community has been extremely generous in volunteering time and resources to ensure that the WWHC can continue its important work in our community, they have helped with movie nights, raffles, dinners, auctions, and a range of special events including a community gala concert and a special dinner hosted by Her Excellency Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW.”
“Beyond Bank has played an integral role in the community fundraising campaign. We received a $20,000 grant from the Beyond Bank Foundation in 2013, and we also have a Community Reward Account with Beyond Bank which has contributed several thousand dollars to our organisation over the past few years,” said Ms Mundy.
Community support for the centre from local organisations is continuing with Alatalo Brothers, a Golden Donor to the project, offering its services to help with painting, carpeting and other maintenance requirements for the building. PlastaMasta Wagga is also assisting with sound proofing materials for the building – an important consideration given the very personal and often traumatic counselling which takes place at the WWHC. Bunnings has also offered support for the upgrade of the building.
The building still requires some slight modifications to comply with various requirements such as disabled access and fire safety. It is expected to be fully operational and ready for service provision by the end of February 2015.
The WWHC is now appealing to its supporters to provide further donations to help with moving and associated costs. Additional funding of around $20,000 is still required to assist with out of pocket expenses involved with the move.
Donations to help the Wagga Women’s Health Centre to move in February can be made via the Give Now website.