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Laundry service: Holy Cross Laundry employees with CEO Bob Campbell, Member for Nudgee Jason Woodforth and Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge at the official opening on December 3.

Laundry service: Holy Cross Laundry employees with CEO Bob Campbell, Member for Nudgee Jason Woodforth and Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge at the official opening on December 3.

HEALTH care continues to be top priority for Holy Cross Laundry, which officially opened its new $35 million facility in Banyo on December 3.

The opening marked the end of more than 100 years of services in Holy Cross Laundry’s former Wooloowin facility.

It also coincided with the 125th anniversary since Holy Cross Laundry opened in 1889 by Sir Henry Norman, then Governor of Queensland.

Holy Cross Laundry chief executive officer Bob Campbell said after seven years of planning, the new Banyo centre opening marked the continuation of quality health care for hospitals and aged care.

“The total laundry washed comes to about 120,000 kg a year,” Mr Campbell said.

“We are committed to high quality health care of linen for Catholic facilities and the wider community.”

The laundry provides disinfection, bacterial testing and ensures no cross contamination among linen used in the health sector.

Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge officially blessed and opened the facility before representatives from Mercy Partners and the Mater Hospital, Holy Cross Laundry’s two major financial partners.

The opening was celebrated on International Disabilities Day to honour more than 40 employed staff with intellectual disabilities.

Mr Campbell said employing people with intellectual disabilities was a major part of Holy Cross Laundry’s ministry.

“We want to empower people with disabilities to gain employment in full in the workplace,” Mr Campbell said.

Holy Cross Laundry received a letter from Prime Minister Tony Abbott congratulating the centre on its 125th anniversary and its work with the disabled.

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