Sunny day for Our House after donation allows solar panels
THE FUTURE is looking brighter than ever for Our House after receiving a donation from the Rotary Club of Lismore allowing the charity to install solar panels.
In May 2006, Lismore Rotary established a fund that would eventually go towards assisting patients and carers staying in Lismore.
Yesterday, years of fundraising was finally realised when the club handed over $23,673 to Our House.
Lismore club president Chris Bell said the donation was something that had been a long time coming.
"The money was set aside for Our House all those years ago and we've raised it mainly through barbecues," Mr Bell said.
"It wasn't until recently we found out the money would be used for the installation of solar panels and Rotary is all about community so it's well worth it to see the money go towards this endeavour."
Mr Bell also thanked all who had been involved in the fundraising process over the past seven years.
Our House director Rebecca Battista said electricity was the facility's second highest cost.
"The solar panels are an item that, although costly, will bring substantial economic benefit to the overall running of Our House," Mrs Battista said.
"It's absolutely fantastic that Rotary has given us this money.
"They've been so supportive and if it wasn't for Rotary we wouldn't have this building."
The solar panels at Our House will be installed by Nickel Energy in Lismore, which has agreed to do the job at below the average cost.
Nickel Energy branch manager Jessica Fraser said installing solar panels at Our House would save the equivalent energy used by 32 cars on the road.
"What Our House does is fantastic and we are more than happy to be involved in such a worthwhile project," Ms Fraser said.
Our House is a 20-unit accommodation facility that assists patients receiving treatment at Lismore Base Hospital and their families.