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Wishlist honours philanthropic Sunshine Coast couple as vital centre takes shape.

A building honouring the philanthropic generosity of a Sunshine Coast couple is set to be unveiled this week as stage one of Wishlist Centre nears completion.

The Roy and Nola Thompson Building recognises Mr and Mrs Thompson’s $2 million gift towards the construction of the Australian-first facility in Birtinya, opposite Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

The philanthropists say it is the specific services to be offered within the four-level Wishlist Centre that strike a chord with them.

“We were particularly inspired by the adolescent and young adult support services the Wishlist Centre will provide,” Mr Thompson says. “These are our young people and our families – the future of Australia. I believe we all have a role to play in providing a solution to a growing problem. So, Nola and I are proud to give to a project that will help to keep our kids out of hospitals.”

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe says the milestone in the construction of Wishlist Centre signals the countdown to its much-anticipated opening in November.

“It’s really exciting to reach this point and see the project taking shape,” Ms Rowe says.

“We’re in the final stages of preparing to open doors to patients and families in the coming months, which has been years in the making. We honour Roy and Nola Thompson by naming Wishlist Centre Stage One after them – the Roy and Nola Thompson Building.

“Their incredible contribution to the treatment being offered to Sunshine Coast youth, as well as the many others who will benefit from these services, can’t be overstated.”

Wishlist Centre will be Australia’s first facility to offer patient accommodation, primary healthcare and complementary therapies under one roof.

Wishlist Centre will include support for cancer patients and their families, a GP service, youth mental health programs, affordable transitionary accommodation and more.

A community open day will take place in November for locals to tour Wishlist Centre before its opening.

Keep up to date at wishlist.org.au.

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