Somewhere new to call home
Families who need to move to Brisbane for life-saving blood cancer treatment will have somewhere new to call home next month after we pick up the keys to 11 units in the heart of the city.
Construction of our newest accommodation, the Village Green Apartments, is almost complete, with 11 units due to be settled this month. Furniture and fittings are on order to ensure the finished units cater for the unique needs of patients.The units are a part of The Green, a new development at the Brisbane Showgrounds in Bowen Hills.
For the majority of people living in rural and regional Queensland, a blood cancer diagnosis means they have to immediately move to Brisbane or Townsville to begin treatment. To relieve the stress and financial burden, we offer them free accommodation.
We already have four accommodation villages in Brisbane and Townsville, and the new Village Green Apartments will help us cope with growing demand. Increased building costs and a lack of suitable land close to treating centres means we can’t continue to meet demand by building purpose-built villages. Purchasing units at The Green offers an innovative yet simple model that will provide a cost-effective way of helping more Queenslanders.
Our CEO Bill Petch said the Leukaemia Foundation’s commitment to providing patients and their families with free accommodation during treatment has been a critical part of our work for 40 years – and will not change.
“We simply can’t meet demand by continuing to build purpose-built villages,” Mr Petch said.
“We needed to come up with a way of providing first-class accommodation for patients that also offered us more flexibility.”
“Thanks to the ongoing support of the community, and invaluable partnerships with Lend Lease and Westpac, more blood cancer patients will be able to stay together with their families at a time when it matters most.”
Mr Petch said despite the new approach, families will still be provided with much more than just a roof over their head.
“Like our villages, there will be on-site support staff at the Village Green Apartments to ensure patients feel safe and secure as they face the difficulties of blood cancer treatment,” Mr Petch said.
The first stage of development will see 11 units available to patients in October. Three more units will be released in January 2016, ready for patients shortly after.
If you would like to support our accommodation centres like the Village Green Apartments, you can donate online.