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No executive, no fundraising . . .
Community fundraising for the Navorina Nursing Home is on hold until an executive committee for its auxiliary can be formed.
At the auxiliary’s recent annual general meeting, its president and secretary roles were left vacant when there were no nominations to replace Allison Jansen and Judy Roussac respectively.
Mrs Jansen indicated she could no longer commit as much time to the role due to other commitments, and said Mrs Roussac had left the area.
Like many other clubs and community groups, Mrs Jansen said the pool of active members is reducing all the time.
She said until more can be recruited, and particularly into the important executive roles, the auxiliary will have to be placed in recess.
She said it is a regrettable position to be in, considering the nursing home is in the middle of a six-stage expansion project.
‘‘At the annual general meeting, not one person outside the active committee attended,’’ Mrs Jansen said.
‘‘While we have a lot of people who offer to help with specific fundraisers, we need more of a commitment.
‘‘The committee has become very small, and there’s a huge load on the half a dozen or so who are active all the time.
‘‘I know a lot of other committees are struggling as well, but the role of our auxiliary is very different to others.
‘‘We specifically fundraise to improve the lives of the people who reside at Navorina Nursing Home, and those who may need the service in the future.
‘‘Navorina is a community funded organisation.’’
In a report put to the recent AGM, it was revealed the hardworking auxiliary committee had ended the group’s financial year with a bank balance of $24,500.
It will be used to purchase equipment for Navorina’s new dementia wing, which is under construction.
It is on top of $20,242 already spent on new equipment over the last 12 months, from $32,000 in income received which included grant funding.
Mrs Jansen said with greater auxiliary membership, this amazing amount could be improved in subsequent years.
‘‘We need people that are prepared to help out all year,’’ Mrs Jansen said.
‘‘With more help and assistance we could raise so much more.’’
The Navorina Auxiliary’s end of year result included the successful Father’s Day and Deniliquin Ute Muster raffles.
These two events raised a total of $5,800 less the cost of the Ute Muster prizes, which was $1,250 thanks to Deniliquin Betta Electrical.
‘‘At the Ute Muster particularly, it was amazing how supportive the young ones were in helping our facility.’’
Father’s Day raffle winners were: Joy Lamb, Caltex Voucher; Margaret Chick, Golf Bag; Heather Short, Soda Syphon.
Ute Muster raffle winners were: Kayla Moore, Combination Gas cooker and oven; Tim Blackmore, Double Swag; R Trevithick, Fire Drum; Strawbs, Esky and Water Drum; Tom Painter, Caltex & Supermarket Vouchers; Chrissy, Double Air Mattress.
Anyone interested in joining the Navorina Auxiliary is asked to call Navorina Nursing Home Board chairman Geoff Riley on 5881 2811.