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Patients undergoing cancer treatment and their families will soon have a new home-away-from-home in Bowden, Adelaide thanks to The Hospital Research Foundation’s (THRF) latest Under Our Roof project and Mercer SuperCycle.
Under Our Roof is the only subsidised family-sized accommodation available for country cancer patients near Adelaide’s two largest cancer treating hospitals; The Royal Adelaide Hospital and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Under Our Roof is a prime example of the community supporting the community – with the project primarily funded by the annual fundraiser Mercer SuperCycle, a seven-day bike ride through regional South Australia.
“Thanks to the dedicated riders, support crew and sponsors involved in this fundraiser, we’re thrilled to have purchased this apartment which will provide a much needed sanctuary for not only cancer patients but for their families,” said THRF Chief Executive Paul Flynn.
The first Under Our Roof project; which featured two family-sized homes in Woodville West, opened in 2015. With these homes being booked out 325 days of the last year, many families have unfortunately been turned away.
With the need for this style of accommodation continuing to grow, a large three bedroom, two bathroom, two carpark apartment in 354 Bowden’s On The Park East has been chosen for the second accommodation project.
“This gives them a sense of normality at a time when they need it most,” Mr Flynn explained.
With a strong community feel, 354 Bowden features a series of buildings housing 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, park facing terraces and sky lofts, and sits on the recently opened Bowden Town Square overlooking the fashionable Plant 4 markets.
SuperCycle Inc. Chairman Mark Day said on behalf of the Board, he is delighted to support this vital project which is having a significant impact on the comfort and care of cancer patients from rural centres.
“We’re in our seventh year of Mercer SuperCycle and have raised over $2 million to support country cancer patients in that time,” he said
“We’re so pleased and proud to provide homely, comfortable, quality and suitable homes for families who are going through a traumatic time in their lives.
“Thank you to all our Board members, riders, support crew and sponsors who have made the second Under Our Roof project possible through your support of Mercer SuperCycle. Together we are helping so many families in their time of need.”
Construction has commenced for a third ‘Under Our Roof’ home to provide much-needed accommodation for country cancer patients receiving treatment at hospitals in Adelaide. read more
Still grieving the loss of his loving father who passed away from prostate cancer at the age of 94, 68-year-old John Murray found himself diagnosed with the same heartbreaking disease in June last year. read more
Loving mother of five, 33-year-old Felicity Plew and her husband Simon’s world came crashing down when she was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma, an aggressive and currently incurable brain cancer. read more
Eric Young is one of 50 SuperCyclists who is riding 1000km over seven days across rural South Australia to raise vital funds for The Hospital Research Foundation’s Under Our Roof project, providing accommodation for country cancer patients and their families who need to travel to Adelaide for treatment. read more
While receiving radiation treatment for his advanced localised prostate cancer, Paul Fennell from Whyalla spent over seven weeks in The Hospital Research Foundation’s (THRF) Under Our Roof homes. read more
When mother of one Francesca was diagnosed with breast cancer her first concern was for the welfare of her young family as she faced commuting from their hometown of Ceduna to Adelaide for treatment. Thankfully The Hospital Research Foundation’s Under Our Roof project was there to be a haven for Francesca and her family. read more
Separated from her loving husband and three beautiful children while braving treatment for breast cancer, Karla O’Neill from Whyalla found comfort in a house to call home - The Hospital Research Foundation’s Under Our Roof Project. read more
Families staying at the Under Our Roof homes will be cooking up a storm thanks to the generosity of local South Australian organisation, G-Fresh. read more
It was a record year for Mercer SuperCycle 2016 with 69 cyclists and 22 support crew participating in a cycling challenge across some of the most stunning parts of rural South Australia. read more