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Solar panels project cuts Village running costs

Publish Date: 16/6/2016

Thanks to a powerful show of support from the wider community, the Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation was successful in a grant application for solar panels to be installed at the Village.

Through the “Fund My Community” grants program, members of the community voted to support the Leukaemia Foundation’s project to install solar panels at the accommodation Village in Lightsview.

 More than 2,400 South Australians voted in the selection process, resulting in the State Government granting the Foundation around $39,000 to install solar panels.

Leukaemia Foundation SA/NT General Manager, Simon Matthias, said the successful grant would mean significant cost savings for the Foundation.

“We estimate that installing the solar panels will save the Foundation around $102,000 in running costs over the next 10 years. This means that these funds can be directed towards other emotional and practical services to support even more people in need.”

The Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village provides a vital ‘home-away-from-home’ accommodation service, free of charge, to individuals and their families from regional Australia who come to Adelaide for blood cancer treatment. 

“In 2015, we provided a huge 4,333 nights of free accommodation at the Village,” said Simon. “The community support for this service through the grants vote is a great acknowledgement of just how important this service is within the community.” 

Installation of the solar panels is expected to take place in the new few months and the Leukaemia Foundation thanks everyone who voted for the project.

There are many easy ways you can help the Leukaemia Foundation deliver practical and emotional support to families who have been impacted by a blood cancer diagnosis.

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