10 The Ramsay Way 2018 | 04
In an inspiring show of solidarity, Ramsay Health Care workers have raised almost $74,000 for communities
in drought-affected parts of Australia. Ramsay Health Care has matched their donations dollar-for-dollar,
bringing the total amount to $148,000.
Employees raised the money through barbecues, lunches, and
bake sales at more than 70 facilities across Australia. Many
staff members swapped their normal uniforms for farmer attire
in an additional sign of their support.
Ramsay Health Care Australia CEO Danny Sims said it was
heart-warming to see so many health care workers rallying
behind the nation’s farming community.
“It has been truly overwhelming and uplifting to see the
response across all Ramsay facilities. Like the rest of the
country, we are sympathetic to the plight of the farmers and
this was one way we could offer some assistance to those who
are really doing it tough on the land,” Mr Sims said.
“In particular, a special mention must go to Westmead Private
Hospital which managed to raise more than $10,000!
This incredible effort was achieved by staff who supported the
hospital’s barbecue and morning tea, with additional help from
volunteers who assisted in selling raffle tickets – well done to
Mr Sims said he was proud to present the $148,000 cheque on
behalf of all Ramsay staff to Charles Alder, CEO of Rural Aid.
The Australian charity was founded in 2015 and operates the
Buy A Bale campaign.
“This donation will be put to good use to support our farmers
in many ways including fodder for their animals, as well as
mental health assistance,” Mr Alder said.
Rural Aid counsellors complete dozens of counselling sessions
per week, highlighting the mental health needs within many
Waiving hospital excess
fees for farmers
In addition to the $148,000 donation, Ramsay Health
Care, is waiving hospital excess fees and/or co-payments
to make it easier for farmers to access the
treatments they need.
Eligible farmers and primary producers who present
to hospital for treatment from Monday 1 October 2018
until 31 March 2019 will be able to access
“In this really tough environment, this will mean
farmers can keep more money in their pockets and
have better access to health services,” Mr Alder said.
For more information, including eligibility criteria,
please visit www.ramsayhealth.com.au.