About Us

The Wimmera Health Care Group (WHCG) Foundation, established in 1989 and publicly launched in April 1990, raises money through donations, bequests and fundraising.

All funds received by the WHCG Foundation are invested in perpetuity (forever) and the income generated is used to fund special projects at the WHCG Dimboola and Horsham campuses with the aim of directly benefiting the people of the Wimmera and guaranteeing the highest quality care.

The Foundation’s capital is managed by a skills based Board of Directors from our local community. As a charitable trust, the Foundation manages the funds for maximum return and security in accordance with the Trustee Act 1958. The Wimmera Health Care Group (WHCG) Foundation is a public charitable fund.

Donations of $2 or more to the WHCG Foundation are tax deductible

We believe that to “Give Where You Live” is so important for our health service now and in the future. Keep checking this website and our Facebook page for the latest updates, fundraising events and details on how you can help make projects like the Wimmera Cancer Centre become a reality.

There are many ways you can support the Foundation.  Check out the Get Involved tab above!

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Board of Directors

The WHCG Foundation’s capital investments are managed by a skills based volunteer Board of Directors from our community. As a charitable trust, the Foundation manages funds for maximum return and security in accordance with the Trustees Act 1958.

The systems and processes are compliant with current Public Ancillary Funds (PAF) legislation.

Graeme Hardman B.Juris. LL.B (Chair)

Graeme is a retired solicitor having practiced for some 40 years with Horsham law firm Power and Bennett. Graeme acted as honorary solicitor to the Foundation until his retirement in 2018. He has been a representative on the Foundation’s board since it was established in 1989.

Penelope Manserra (Deputy Chair)

Penelope is a Certified Financial Planner and Partner of Hillross Financial Services and joined the Wimmera Health Care Group Board of Trustees in 2010. Penelope is actively involved in many other community pursuits focusing around her children and business interests.

Alison Butler

Alison joined the board in 2010 bringing extensive experience across Insurance, Finance, Welfare and Employment industries. Alison enjoys learning about holistic and healthy lifestyle choices, volunteering in community activities and raising her family with her husband, Phil.

Sue Frankham

Sue first became involved with the Foundation in 2008 when she was employed as Wimmera Health Care Group’s Community Liaison Officer, which incorporated the role of Foundation Administrator. Sue is passionate about the Foundation and the important role it plays in supporting the Wimmera Health Care Group and joined the board in 2013. She is currently employed as the Governance Officer at Horsham Rural City Council.

David Johns

David joined the board in November 2018. David, born and raised in Horsham returned in 2003 after spending 10 years in Adelaide and Darwin. David is the Owner and Director of Horsham Doors & Glass since 2004. Over the last 15 years, David has been actively involved in sporting, community groups and committee’s. David also heads up the local 3wm radio sports program ‘The Shirtfront’ and is a member of the Local Football broadcast team. David is married to Emilia and has three children. David joined the Board of Trustees to continue the great work the WHCG foundation does for Horsham and the broader community and also in remembrance of his late father Dr Don Johns, who was a founding member of the WHCG Foundation.

Desiree Cross (Administrator)

Desiree Cross is the Foundation Administrator and is the primary contact for all Foundation matters. Desiree has many years of financial and administrative experience to compliment the role of the Directors. Desiree is in the office on Monday and Tuesdays from 8.00am - 4.30pm