In March, Cancer Council SA Board Chair The Hon Karlene Maywald and Chief Executive Lincoln Size joined with Premier Steven Marshall to turn the first sod. This was an exciting milestone for the project and marked the official start of construction for the new building.
Work on the building is progressing well, with the piling completed in April and the slab poured in June. Our existing Lodge sites at Greenhill Road and Dequetteville Terrace have gone up for sale, with the proceeds helping to fund this exciting new project. Once sold, the properties will be leased back by Cancer Council SA for a 14–18-month period, ensuring no disruption to services for regional and remote South Australians travelling to Adelaide for cancer treatment.
“Through your generosity, we are able to make this visionary new project a reality and give every South Australian impacted by cancer every chance.”– Board Chair The Hon Karlene Maywald.
We can’t thank you enough for your incredible support. It’s only through the generosity of South Australians like you that we can make this visionary new project a reality, and continue to help families like Scott and his mum Dee who know first-hand how much Cancer Council SA’s supportive accommodation matters to those regional South Australians travelling to Adelaide for cancer treatment.
Scott was rushed from his home in Mount Gambier to Adelaide twice, once for urgent surgery, and a second time for intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
Scott remembers: “I had some family that I was able to stay with but chose to spend every second week at Cancer Council SA’s Greenhill Lodge. I just needed to be around people who understood what it was like.”
For Scott, the Lodge was more than just a bed to sleep in.
“They’d thought of everything—it’s amazing what they do there. I knew I could be driven to and from appointments. I could even do some cooking when I felt up to it.”
Now three and a half years on from his initial diagnosis, Scott is living every day to the fullest and remains truly grateful for the support he received while staying at Cancer Council SA’s Greenhill Lodge.
By supporting this once in a generation project, you will enable us to bring together our accommodation, research, prevention and support services to give every South Australian impacted by cancer every chance.
We’ll continue to update you on the building’s progress in the next edition of Daffodil News. Remember, you can also stay up to date via the building website at 202greenhill.com.au.