The Lockhart community are banding together to make the town's proposed new x-ray machine a reality.
Despite missing out on a grant, the Lockhart Hospital Auxiliary is confident they will still be able to attain the machine.
“People have been putting little bits in (to the account) and they have been running little events and donating the money,” auxiliary president Larraine Hoffmann said.
“We are close to $50,000 and we only launched at the middle of last year.”
The digital machine will cost $86,000 and allow patients to have results within hours rather than days.
“Some people thought we were a bit mad but I know the community is very supportive,” Ms Hoffmann said.
The auxiliary started fundraising with $30,000 in savings ready to go towards to machine. The Lockhart hospital was upgraded to a multi-purpose service in 2014 but the X-ray machine wasn’t.
The machine can only be used once a fortnight when a nurse from Wagga travels to Lockhart.
However, local nurses and the local doctor would be able to use the new digital x-ray machine and have results emailed to Wagga to be read.
“Results could be back in a couple of hours if needed,”
“It (the machine) will be a benefit to the whole community not just the elderly.”
Once the machine is installed it will be maintained by the Murrumbidgee Local Health District with no ongoing costs to the community or auxiliary.
The Lockhart Anglers Club poker run will be donating half of the proceeds from this years event towards to machine.
The poker run will be held on March 12 departing from the Latte Da Coffee Bar at 10.30am. The registration fee is $25 which includes lunch, riders can register at 10am, non-riders can also take part by jumping on the bus, registration cost and time is the same. The best hand will win $500.
Donations can be made directly at the Bendigo Bank using the details BSB: 633 000 Account number: 154921639.