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.

Donations are invested and only the income generated from these investments is used to fund projects at WHCG Horsham and Dimboola campuses. Funds remain in perpetuity with the income earned funding special projects, directly benefiting the people of the Wimmera and guaranteeing the highest quality care. Your money is never spent.

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, established in 1989, is a public charitable fund.

In April 2014, the WHCG Foundation achieved its major target of reaching $1million in capital by 2014 and announced its new “2020 Vision” – a new strategic plan incorporating funding assistance in the building of the new Wimmera Cancer Centre and a new target to reach $2 million in capital by 2020.

The WHCG Foundation has committed $420,000 over 6 years towards the redevelopment of the cancer treatment centre at the Wimmera Base Hospital. This donation is from the income generated on the funds invested from YOUR donations to the Foundation.

Because we use only the income generated from your donations, this means that your money remains invested and will continue to work for this and other projects in the WHCG campuses in Horsham and Dimboola forever. 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 new Wimmera Cancer Centre become a reality.

Donations of $2 or more to the WHCG Foundation are tax deductible and you have the security of knowing that your money will never be spent – the income generated from investments will be used to fund this and other projects at the Horsham and Dimboola hospitals & campuses.

There are many ways you can support the foundation


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.

Josephine Johns

Josephine was newly welcomed to the board in 2018. Born and raised in Horsham, then after living interstate and abroad, returned to Horsham in 2007. Since returning to Horsham, Josephine has been actively engaged with the local community through Red Cross, the Uniting Church and serving the community as a Justice of the Peace for Victoria. Josephine treasures time with her husband and family, and looks forward to contributing to the wider community through the WHCG Foundation.

Jacqui Hill

Jacqui is the primary contact for all Foundation matters and brings many years of financial and administrative experience to compliment the Director roles.

Jacqui spends her spare time volunteering in the community and spending time relaxing with friends and family.

Jacqui is employed in the office on Thursdays and Fridays.