It was with great pleasure and pride that, yesterday afternoon, we celebrated the opening of the Ballarat Base Hospital Children’s Ward.

Over the past 6 years, Adroit Insurance Group worked side by side with the amazing Cotton On Group bringing Run Ballarat to life and raising funds for the redevelopment of the Ballarat Base Hospital Children’s Ward. The event brought together the wider community with over 30,000 participants and raised $1,038,690 towards the project.

I would like to acknowledge the following businesses who contributed sponsorship which underpinned the Run event:

The Cotton On Group, GMHBA, Mars Confectionery, TRG Accountants, W&D Finance, Sovereign Hill Museums, QBE Insurance, Eclipse Ford, The Lake View Hotel, Ballarat Aquatic Centre, The Courier Ballarat, Prime 7 Television, 3BA/Power FM, Selkirk Group of Companies, UFS Dispensaries, Hocking Stuart Ballarat, City of Ballarat, Ballarat Holden, BGT Jobs & Training, Mint Underwriting, Tanya Daniels The Good Guys, Telstra, Athletes Foot Ballarat, Caine Property, Fernwood Women’s Club Ballarat, Dilmac Media & Regent Cinemas Ballarat.

Without their generosity and civil mindedness, the opening of the Ballarat Base Hospital Children’s Ward would not have been possible, so again I say Thank You.

A true testament of the strength and character of the Ballarat community was the fact that the $3.6 million dollar project to redevelop the Children’s Ward was funded entirely by the community, without an ounce of government funding.

To those who provided the balance of the funds, including The Oliver Family Foundation, Ballarat Health Services Foundation, Give Me 5 for Kids, XonA Social Club, Percy Baxter Charitable Fund, Ballarat and District Early Holden Car Club, Humpty Dumpty Foundation; a heartfelt well done and thank you.

I sincerely hope that all who contributed towards the project feel proud of what they have achieved. Together we have helped to create a state-of-the-art facility which will provide a level of security and surety for future generations and their families should they fall ill or be injured.

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