A WHOPPING $3000 was raised by the Bass Coast Health Inverloch Fundraising Auxiliary at a garage sale on Saturday.

The money is included in an incredible $100,000 tally that will go towards the Bass Coast Health cancer centre.

The auxiliary’s goal is to raise $150,000 for the centre.

“We had a number of people donate to the garage sale, which was held in Woodland Heath (Inverloch),” auxiliary president Gerry Surridge said.

“Everything we had leftover was donated to the Salvation Army this morning (Monday, February 8).”

The auxiliary has been raising money for the cancer centre for eight weeks.

It had intended to start raising money a few months ago, but COVID-19 limited its opportunities.

Locals have made generous donations and the auxiliary has been selling Happiness Hats.

“The Happiness Hats are brightly coloured beanies with cards included to send messages of positivity to chemotherapy patients once the centre opens,” Mr Surridge said.

The Happiness Hats have been sold at market stalls, along with beach artworks created by members of the auxiliary.

Inverloch’s Jack Miller has contributed by lending his vintage fire engine for photos with the public.

The building component of the centre was funded by the state government and an anonymous donor.

The auxiliary’s fundraising efforts will go towards equipment.

“Some people have sponsored different pieces of equipment. Many have been very generous with their donations,” Mr Surridge said.

Mr Surridge said the auxiliary would continue to raise money throughout the year.

This money will go towards ongoing expenses at the centre and to raise awareness about the service provided by Bass Coast Health.

“The centre is going to be a tremendous asset in our locality,” Mr Surridge said.

“People will not travel to Melbourne or Latrobe for the weekly – or even daily – treatment they need. It will lift that extra burden off patients and families will not need to find a place to stay during treatment.”