Hospital Auxiliary raise over $327,000

Members of the Calvary Mater Newcastle Auxiliary ‘Cancer Carers’ once again proved their ongoing commitment and loyalty to fundraising for Calvary Mater Newcastle by presenting a cheque to the hospital totaling $327,162.43 at their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 2 August.

With 26 members ranging in age from 57 to 99, this dedicated group of men and women throughout the 2017/18 financial year worked approximately 46,472 hours in total, equating to 1,786 hours per member and over $10,000 being raised per member.

Funds were raised through a variety of activities with the popular lolly tables alone bringing in over $70,000. Donated crafts raised close to $40,000, raffles approximately $25,000 and functions and bowls days totalled over $68,000.

Greg Flint, Chief Executive Officer, Calvary Mater Newcastle, said, “Every year our loyal and dedicated Auxiliary astound us with a significant donation. It is because of their dedication we are able to purchase much needed equipment for the care and comfort of our patients throughout the hospital.

“We are constantly inspired by the hard work and countless hours the members put in each and every week and are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support they provide to our patients and staff.”

Over the past year the Auxiliary has purchased hospital equipment and made donations to the hospital to the value of $334,045.42 with further equipment to the value of $134,000 on order.

Equipment purchased on behalf of the hospital in the 2017/18 financial year has included: patient power recline chairs, dialysis machines, electric shower chairs, air purifiers, wigs for the Wig Service, dermatology lights for the Medical Centre, digital pulse oximeters, navigator probes, and family rooms in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit have also benefitted from a refurbishment.

Elaine Wellard, Auxiliary President, said, “It is an honour to be able to raise funds for the hospital and make a difference in our community. We would like to thank the community and staff who support us and give generously each year enabling us to raise vital funds.”

The Auxiliary is well known for bowling days, coach trips, fashion parades, celebration luncheons, raffles throughout the community, craft goods, baking and its ‘famous’ lolly tables at the hospital. Members are also widely supported by the community, who continue to donate to the Auxiliary for the benefit of the hospital and its patients.