- Hospital auxiliary thanks community for its support -
The annual general meeting of the Bega District Hospital Auxiliary
was held at the hospital on Friday, July 18.
In her report, the secretary, Mrs Trudy Burgess, said that total membership was 77 of which 54 were kiosk helpers and pink volunteers.
Members had attended the Zone Conference and the Pambula, Tathra and Merimbula annual general meetings.
Fundraising efforts had included street stalls, raffles, catering for golf days, a fete and auction, the kiosk and vending machine, and TV Rental.
This financial year $56,145 was raised which provided equipment worth $21,226.22, including a bi-valve ventilator, a cardiac monitor, a recumbent bike, a "Hentleigh" bed, a washing machine, chairs, curtains, two vacuum cleaners, an electric knife, screens and breast bags and pillows.
The auxiliary received donations of $22,316.
It thanked the Bega Old Time Dance Club, the Candelo-Kameruka Women`s Bowling Club, the Bermagui, Narooma and Bega Lions Clubs and an anonymous donor, also Paul Blacka of Hookers for his continuing sponsorship of the auxiliary`s golf day and assistance at all times.
Mrs Burgess in her report also extended a "thank you" to the medical council, Kothes and the business houses of Bega for their continuing sponsorship and the provision of trophies, and with a special mention for the management and staff of Clints for supplying such bountiful and successful Christmas and Easter Raffles and for the kind assistance during the ticket selling.
The auxiliary continues to assist Meals-on-Wheels and the Red Cross Rooms and participates in the ANZAC Day Service and Australia`s Biggest Morning Tea.
Once again this year Christmas cheer was given to the staff in appreciation of their support, especially the kitchen staff for providing morning teas, and to the office staff for their willing help.
Mrs Burgess thanked the social committee for its hard work in organising the various activities and the Bega District News and the radio stations for their assistance with publicity and for publishing the rosters.
Office Bearers for 2004 are:
Patron Peg Howard, president Heather Johnston, vice presidents Dorothy Mullaney and Margaret Galli, secretary Trudy Burgess, treasurer Joan Finucane, assistant treasurer Norma Thorp, publicity Trudy Burgess.
Social committee: secretary Betty Lovelock.
The guest speaker was Glen Cooper, divisional support officer for Southern Division.
He spoke about the projected new hospital for the Bega area possibly in the next 12-18 months, although he had no idea where.
He also spoke of the delivery of services to residents by Community Health and the Hospital, the ambulatory nursing care centre treating convalescing patients at home instead of in hospital, and the challenges of the future.
Christine Van Den Berg, the senior nursing manager, spoke of some of the staffing problems and expressed her thanks to the auxiliary for its assistance in providing equipment and items for patient comfort and to the volunteers and their presence each day.
The monthly meeting was also held.
The auxiliary has been asked to cater for a golf day on Saturday, August 2.
Soups, sandwiches and slices are to be provided.
The postponed charity golf day will be held on Sunday, August 31.
The auxiliary is hoping for a good day this time and hope all golfers regardless of their skills will come along for a fun day.
There will be prizes for a wide category of talent and luck.
A $15 cost covers golf entry fee and a barbecue lunch.
The auxiliary is rostered for meals-on-wheels for the week commencing August 18. The next meeting will be held on August 18th.
by Bega District News
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