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Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

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