Ivy King leaves generous legacy to Kaniva Hospital with $228k donation

DONATION: Chief executive office Ritchie Dodds said the health service was incredibly grateful to receive the donation, with it set go towards the improvement of the Kaniva-based facilities.
DONATION: Chief executive office Ritchie Dodds said the health service was incredibly grateful to receive the donation, with it set go towards the improvement of the Kaniva-based facilities.

West Wimmera Health Service has received a significant and generous donation from former Kaniva local, Ivy King.

Members of Ivy's family gathered outside the Kaniva Hospital last Friday to present chief executive officer Ritchie Dodds with a major bequest of $228,633.

Mr Dodds said the health service was incredibly grateful to receive the donation, with it set go towards the improvement of the Kaniva-based facility.

"We're very grateful to receive this significant contribution to put towards the improvement of our Kaniva facilities," Mr Dodds said.

"Ivy King contributed so much to so many good causes throughout her long life and it's fitting that her legacy will live on through this bequest.

"And thank you to Ivy's nephews Graeme and David King who initially raised the idea of a cheque presentation to bring Ivy's family together to mark the occasion."

A short ceremony was held to celebrate Ivy King's generosity in life and her legacy to the Kaniva community she loved so dearly.

Ivy May King was born 100 years ago at the Kaniva Hospital into a very different world, where home-birth on the family farm at Lillimur had been the norm for her older brothers and sisters.

A year ago, after a week of gentle care, she died there, completing the cycle, the last of her generation of the family. In life, Ivy treasured her community, both from what she gained from and gave to it.

Ivy was a generous contributor across organisations and charities during the first-half of her life in Lillimur, and the second-half in Kaniva.

She chose to continue her generosity after death, leaving a part of her estate to causes and places she valued most.

The largest of these was the Kaniva Hospital, a place where Ivy started and finished life, a place which cared for all of her immediate family, a place which saved the life of one of her brothers when she was 18.

Ivy requested that the funds be utilised to support the establishment of a dementia friendly unit in Kaniva. Alternatively, she wished the funds to be used in the nursing home area of the Kaniva Campus.

The health service is working closely with the Kaniva Community Advisory Committee to progress funding support from the Department of Health.

Current plans will result in the Kaniva Hostel being redeveloped, with the facility set to be co-located with the Kaniva Nursing Home, to provide much needed dementia care facilities in the town.