In 2013, Oana McBride’s friend Elsie was diagnosed with cancer. For Elsie, home care wasn’t an option so she was place in a nursing home. Elsie was a former nurse and was very aware of the need for a better palliative care facility. It was Oana’s final promise to Elsie that led Oana to attend a women’s seminar and ask if Lions Club International was able to help her in achieving Elsie’s dream. Endless fundraisers and meetings led to a petition of over 10,000 signatures being presented to NSW Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, in late 2019.

Elsie’s dream came true when a dedicated Palliative Care Unit opened in Gosford in 2021, and now another will open at Wyong Hospital very soon!

Remembrance Walk and BBQ

Elsie’s Project are hosting a Remembrance Walk and BBQ at Mingara Regional Athletics Centre on Saturday 25th February 2023. Everyone is welcome to join for a special evening to honour all who have passed.  Gates will open from 4:30pm.

Bring along a picnic rug and folding chairs to enjoy your BBQ dinner, and drinks will be available for purchase at the kiosk. Feel free to also bring a photo of your loved one to carry in the Walk.

The evening will enjoy a beautiful presentation by the Central Coast acapella singers and a non denominational service will be held. Everyone who attends will receive a battery powered  candle at the ceremony.

Tickets must be pre-purchased. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets.


Mingara is proud to support Elsie’s Retreat, and The Lions Club of Wyoming-East Gosford Centennial Inc.