When Western Care Lodge celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this month, the foundation members of Cancer Care Western NSW had someone very special they needed to thank for helping them reach such an important milestone.
According to fundraising chairperson and regional marketing manager Jan Savage, the charity's patron John Davis had been a supporter of the lodge since the very beginning.
On Friday, representatives from Cancer Care Western NSW repaid that generosity in kind, with a gold certificate of appreciation to Mr Davis in recognition of his staggeringly dedicated fundraising efforts.
"He's been with us right from the start," Mrs Savage said.
"Independently he has been responsible for ongoing personal support and was made a community patron of the organisation for his work.
"He has been instrumental in his ongoing support with the organisation and has secured a number of significant large donations over the years. John [Davis] has also attended regional fundraising efforts over many years."
Mr Davis was even awarded an OAM for his work in supporting Cancer Care Western NSW and Western Care Lodge as a community member.
"Cancer Care Western NSW recognises his ongoing commitment, the many hours of personal work and effort put in and [we are so] proud to provide John [Davis] with the Gold Award for his significant efforts over so many years," Mrs Savage said.
Mr Davis was also integral in establishing the radiotherapy alliance with Orange City Council in August 2006.
Western Care Lodge was set up to try and address the deficiencies between cancer services in regional areas compared to the city.
The four star self-care facility provides accommodation for adults undergoing cancer treatment, and is held in such high-regard by its visitors that many think they are staying in a "resort", Mrs Savage said.
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