The Mackay community joined with the Kidney Support Network on 16th December, to celebrate the opening of the new Branch office and Community Op Shop in Shakespeare Street.

Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson commenced proceedings with the KSN State President Trevor Waldron, cutting the ribbon to the new brighter and larger Op Shop and Regional office.

 

State Member for Mackay, Julieanne Gilbert then launched the new Patient Transport vehicle, which will enable KSN to transport even more Kidney patients to dialysis and essential appointments extending from as far as Sarina and Mirani and locally within Mackay, direct to the Mackay Base Hospital and Renal Unit.

 

 

The celebrations were finalised with the cutting of the KSN commemorative cake by Tim Mulherin, Mackay Health Services Chairman and former Member for Mackay.

 

The Kidney Support Network in Mackay started humbly several years ago with a second hand car and fundraising at local markets but always with an amazing team of Volunteers. The Branch and Shop has recently moved from the former Butcher Shop premises in Milton Street.

Led by The Branch Manager (and KSN Vice-President) Liza Williams and hosting the KSN State President Trevor Waldron, KSN Mackay has become the business model for KSN for future growth across Regional Queensland.

With the support of many local generous Corporate sponsors and community donations, the Mackay Branch can boast the transport of more than 5,000 kidney Patients across a distance of more than 84,000 kilometres over the past 18 months. All without Government support since 2013.

Thank you Mackay community!!!!

Special thanks also go to the Macrossan Amiet Foundation for their financial support, to help KSN obtain a second Patient Transport vehicle for the Mackay Community.

 

The task for KSN in Mackay has really just started.

People impacted by kidney disease (or renal failure) need more support and KSN needs community and corporate support so that we can continue to help people suffering chronic kidney disease in Regional Queensland and  someday soon, to bring additional support services to the Mackay Region, such as the Childhood Kidney Support Program; Dialysis massage and to increase support for the Indigenous kidney Patients.

Transport vehicles need fuel and tyres and registration and insurance; kidney patients need information; peer and social support and resources; KSN needs funds to continue operating as a business and charity and Volunteers are needed to help us deliver our services and to run our Op Shop to raise funds and to attend community events to raise awareness of kidney disease and how to maintain healthy kidneys.

Please contact Liza at the new KSN Branch office in Shakespeare Street, if you are able to help us to continue helping kidney Patients, or if you are able to volunteer for KSN.