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$13,500 in travel vouchers to be won in 2020 Art Union

The Friendlies Foundation is excited to launch the 2020 Travel Adventure Art Union. For just $5 a ticket, you will go into the draw to win one of three travel vouchers – $10,000 major prize, $2,500 second prize or $1000 third prize. The vouchers can be used for travel bookings with Bundaberg Travel Centre to go anywhere in the world and don’t have expiry dates. All money raised through the art union will go to support the Friendly Society PrivateMore

Donations being collected for Bushfire relief efforts

The Friendlies is continuing to support bushfire relief by collecting donations for the Rotary National Bushfire appeal. Donations can be made at The Friendlies Foundation office, opposite main reception. Staff also rallied to bushfire aid in early January, collecting a large number of items for donation in just three days, including clothes, toys and bottled water. Rodveb Removals were able to take the donations to the Bushfire Centres, at their own expense, along with many other donations from the Bundaberg community.More

Three houses removed to make way for expansion

Preparations are underway for The Friendlies Stage 6 theatre complex expansion across Crofton Street, with the removal of houses on Crofton, Electra and Woondooma Streets. The house on Woondooma Street will be removed to make way for a 16-unit development to house out-of-town families, visiting doctors and new staff. The other back-to-back houses on Crofton and Electra street were sold and are being relocated to make way for a new road which will run from Woondooma Street along the hospital,More

School artwork showcases spinal disorder

A high-school art project has drawn attention to spinal conditions and an amazing new machine being used at The Friendlies. 2019 Senior Rhys Crook created the wire and pipe spine, titled Crooked, as part of a school project. “We had a self-portrait unit to do and I was looking at my physical being,” Rhys explained. “I’ve had scoliosis for three years now, so that’s a big part of me and something that will never change, so the spine idea wasMore

New hospital units to cater for families and doctors

The Friendlies is planning to start work on an apartment complex that will cater to families of out-of-town patients, new doctors, visiting specialists and new staff. The 16 apartments will be short-stay accommodation built over two levels, featuring seven studio apartments and nine one-bedroom apartments. Work is ready to begin in the coming months, with the complex expected to be completed by the end of this year. Senior Manager for Business Development Stuart Bonnett said the need for the self-containedMore