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Friends of BHS

Each year we receive generous support from the Ballarat and Grampians community.

This support, which ranges from volunteer work to donations and bequests, helps us improve services for our patients.

There are a number of ways you can help Ballarat Health Services.

If you have time and are interested in working with people you may like to join our wonderful band of volunteers.

If you would like to know more about volunteering, click here.

You may wish to make a donation or consider including Ballarat Health Services in your will.

If you are planning a fundraiser please call 03 5320 4093 or email to find out how we can help you.

Olive’s lasting gift

Among those who made a difference through including Ballarat Health Services in her will was Olive Quick. 

Olive Joyce Quick was born in Ballarat in 1917. The city was her home until she passed away in 2011 at the age of 93.

Olive’s mother had tuberculosis and died several weeks after giving birth. The task of raising Olive passed to her father who also succumbed to tuberculosis when Olive was just seven. From then she was cared for by her paternal grandmother and several maiden aunts.

As a young adult Olive married Len Quick. The couple had two sons, Len Junior and Albert.

Albert, a nurse, died at a young age after an accident. Husband Len died in 1993 and young Len died of cancer at a relatively young age.

Olive lived at home alone caring for two cats and her garden until she entered the Kelaston Nursing Home in 2005. There, she enjoyed more than six happy years participating in activities including carpet bowls, a knitting club and she especially enjoyed visits by school children.

Olive’s cousins remember her as very kind and quiet, as a lady of simple needs who cared a great deal about other people.

Her kindness for others resonates still. It was Olive’s wish that proceeds of her estate were to be given to children’s services in Ballarat and to the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre.

The generous gift to the Cancer Centre is being used to help build the computer systems that will support patient management.


The Foundation

Ballarat Health Services also has its own Foundation, which carefully manages an investment portfolio of $4 million.

Each year, interest earned from the Foundation’s investments is put towards buying equipment for the Ballarat Base Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Centre.

In recent times the Foundation has supported the redevelopment of the Emergency Department, the addition of a sixth operating theatre and the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre.

The Foundation’s work is made possible by generous gifts, donations and bequests from the community.

If you would like to know more about the Ballarat Health Services Foundation, click here.

Thank you for your community spirit, we couldn't do it without you!