HELPING HAND: Energy Minister Anthony Lynham with Ergon Energy work group leader Brent Alexander and Charleville Hospital Auxiliary president Emma Liston.
HELPING HAND: Energy Minister Anthony Lynham with Ergon Energy work group leader Brent Alexander and Charleville Hospital Auxiliary president Emma Liston. Molly Hancock

Ergon helps Charleville seniors

CHARLEVILLE'S ageing population now has access to new equipment to enable them to stay longer in their own homes, thanks to a financial boost from the Energex-Ergon Community Fund.

Energy Minister DrAnthony Lynham announced last Thursday the $5000 grant to the Charleville Hospital Auxiliary, which has bought equipment including three self-propelled wheelchairs, four day chairs, 11 shower chairs and 11 over-toilet aids.

"Keeping Charleville's ageing community as healthy, safe and agile as possible is vitally important and this equipment will assist older people to remain in their homes while improving and maintaining their health and wellbeing,” Dr Lynham said.

"This will keep our healthy older people out of the nursing home, independently living with the aid of this equipment.”

Dr Lynham said the $5000 allocation to the Charleville Hospital Auxiliary was among 25 grants totalling more than $100,000 awarded to groups across Queensland.

Hospital auxiliary secretary Annie Liston thanked Ergon for the funding, saying the increased availability of equipment on a loan basis would help the district's seniors live independently.

"Our shire has an ageing population, so we are succession planning for quality of life and sustaining for our ageing community,” she said.

"However, our shire has been drought-declared for the past five years so we didn't have sufficient resources to fund this equipment ourselves, so we are grateful for Ergon's support.”

Ergon's Charleville work group leader Brent Alexander said the company was always proud to support hard-working local not-for-profit groups such as the hospital auxiliary, which in turn assists the wider community.

"The community fund has seen some great work being undertaken by people making their local region a better place, and this year is no different,” he said

"This year we have supported groups assisting everyone from toddlers to senior citizens, as well as environmental and educational programs.

"Just like the hard- working people at the hospital auxiliary, our staff are also from the region and we always enjoy seeing this funding being used for projects.”


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