Classic catch for hospital

COHUNA District Hospital is a step closer towards installing a new cardiac monitoring system thanks to a $2000 donation from the inaugural Cohuna Fishing Classic.

CATCH. Steven Spring, left, and Sally Traynor presented the fishing competition donation to Cohuna District Hospital chief executive officer, Ben Maw and clinical services director, Lynne Sinclair.

CATCH. Steven Spring, left, and Sally Traynor presented the fishing competition donation to Cohuna District Hospital chief executive officer, Ben Maw and clinical services director, Lynne Sinclair.

Members of the fishing event's committee presented hospital chief executive officer, Ben Maw and director of clinical services, Lynne Sinclair with a giant cheque for the amount on Friday morning.

Mr Maw said the hospital had been working towards buying the heart monitoring unit for a number of years and greatly appreciated the donation. 

The $60,000 piece of equipment would be installed in the next six to eight weeks, Mr Maw said.

Cohuna Fishing Classic committee members, Steven Spring and Sally Traynor described the hospital as the "logical choice" for funding from the event.

"We wanted it to go back to the community," Ms Traynor said.

"And the hospital touches everyone."

The new fishing competition was held in the first weekend in December and saw 105 adults and juniors register in a range of fish-catching categories, with Murray cod the main target species, Mr Spring said.

"We were thrilled with the number of people who turned up to support our first event and also with the generosity of the 33 local businesses who got behind us and provided sponsorship," he said.

The Cohuna Fishing Classic would return, "bigger and better", on December 6-8 this year and would again direct funds raised to hospital, Mr Spring and Ms Traynor said. 

They said that a small portion of funds raised would also be directed towards projects to benefit recreational fishing in the area. 

For more information visit cohunafishingclassic.com.au or @cohunafishingclassic.

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