Tomatoes are the source of two new vital sign monitors

March 14, 2018

Heart Group members: Kath Owen, Gerry Doolan, Joyce Robbins, Ern Hancock, Jan Hancock and patient: Lindsay McKenzie.

THESE tomatoes have heart.

The Kyabram Heart group has donated two new vital sign observation monitors to Kyabram District Health Service for use in its main hospital ward and Urgent Care Centre.

The group collected the money in part through its annual tomato fundraiser drive, where it sells tomatoes donated by local growers.

“It is important to KDHS that we continue to update our frontline care equipment for our care staff to continue to provide the best possible care to our community,” KDHS chief executive Peter Abraham said.

“Each monitor costs more than $2000 each, the purchase of these is made possible by locals buying tomatoes as well as the goodwill and energy of the Heart Support Group band of volunteers.”

Kyabram Heart Group president Ern Hancock said it wasn’t just locals helping out.

“We’ve had deliveries heading to Bacchus Marsh, Horsham, Seymour and beyond,” he said.

“And the generosity of the grower donating these definitely doesn’t go unnoticed; it’s great we’re able to do this all because of tomato sales.”

The Kyabram Heart Group will continue to sell the tomatoes on Thursdays and Saturdays from 8.30am-12.30pm outside the CFA building on Bradley St until April 21.

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