Inspired by campaigns to raise money for the communities in New South Wales and Queensland affected by drought, our Treehouse clients have been busy making wheat bags to sell to the patients, visitors and staff of Kyneton District Health.

“Everyone who attends the Treehouse contributed in some way to our wheat bag drive” said Kathy Kirby, Registered Nurse and Coordinator of the Treehouse program. “We have a variety of ability levels amongst our clients but there was a job for everyone, from cutting the material, measuring out the wheat or making the labels. It was truly a team project”.

The Treehouse is Kyneton District Health’s socially supportive program for people with dementia, a palliative condition or chronic illness. It operates three days a week and is a person centred program where the clients’ needs, interests and skills drive the activities undertaken.

A huge thank-you to everyone who purchased a wheat bag during the fundraiser. The money raised from the sale of wheat bags was donated to members of Kyneton’s Lions Club on Thursday 4th October at an afternoon tea, hosted at the Treehouse. The funds raised – $625 – were passed directly to the Lions Club Need for Feed Disaster Relief campaign, which has been raising money to support farmers in fire, drought and flood affected areas since 2006.

For more information about the Treehouse, contact Kathy Kirby on 5422 9900 or via email treehouse@kynetonhealth.org.au