Mooroopna Hospice Fundraisers and Karz Café, also from Mooroopna recently presented GV Hospice with a cheque for $10,497.90 to purchase two portable oxygen concentrators. These portable machines allow people who need a constant oxygen supply to carry the small handbag sized machine that creates oxygen. This is much more portable than the cylinders, there are no ongoing costs and means the supply won’t run out. They can recharge in the car.

The Mooroopna Hospice Fundraisers were well known for their Country Music Fundraisers, regular Boot scooting dances and garage sales. Unfortunately Covid got in the way and spokesperson for the group Marg Mathieson said as much as the group would like to continue they were no longer in a position to co-ordinate the dances.

Karz Café in McLennan Street Mooroopna is continuing to offer support to GV Hospice through regular garage sales and donations through the cafe organised by proprietor Stephen Murphy. The two groups combined their resources to purchase the two machines.

In a case of positive karma the first person to use one of the machines was Bev Moore who, with her husband James, used to actively participate with the Mooroopna fundraising, with both being avid Country Music Fans. 

“This machine allows me to have an improved quality of life because I can get out more often and I don’t have to worry that I will run out of oxygen in a tank”. When she heard who had provided the money for the portable machine Bev phoned Marg to let her know what a difference it was making.

Marg admitted that she was quite emotional to know that the last of the funds from a group that provided so many happy memories had been used to make a difference for one of their valued contributors.

GV Hospice Executive Manager thanked the Mooroopna Hospice Fundraisers for their valuable contribution over many years, and also Stephen, Peg and George for their ongoing efforts at Karz.  “I have heard so much about the dances and fun had by the group. Marg is very passionate and I can see how she got things organised, supported by many great people. Both machines purchased with their donations where loaned out free of charge as soon as they arrived which shows the need for this type of machine”.

Beverly "Bev" Moore with a newly purchased portable oxygen concentrator.

Peg Vearing, Stephen Murphy, Bev Moore, James Moore, Marg Mathieson, Wendy Ross, George Vearing.