Help­ing to patch our hos­pi­tal

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By JODIE DIXON

THE team of ladies and gen­tle­men at the Gin Gin Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary have gra­ciously ac­cepted a gor­geous quilt from the Childers Quil­ters.

The Gin Gin Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary pres­i­dent Ann Pearce said when she first joined in the 1980’s, she was un­der the im­pres­sion the gov­ern­ment paid for ev­ery­thing in a hos­pi­tal.

“We are very grate­ful for the do­na­tion from the Childers Quil­ters,” Mrs Pearce said.

The aux­il­iary re­lies heav­ily on do­na­tions and fundrais­ing to sup­port the hos­pi­tal. “We will have the quilt as the main prize for the cent sale in Oc­to­ber,” she said.

All the money raised will buy new equip­ment for the hos­pi­tal. Over the years they have pur­chased new med­i­cal books for the doc­tors, blan­ket warm­ers for pal­lia­tive care pa­tients and spe­cialised equip­ment in­clud­ing a new blad­der scan­ner.

The aux­il­iary raised $16,000 with the gen­er­ous sup­port of driver re­viver to pur­chase a new blad­der scan­ner.

“We do­nated the old blad­der scan­ner to the Paris Unit in Bund­aberg, it was still in per­fect work­ing or­der,” she said.

The cent sales have be­come a fan­tas­tic fundraiser for the aux­il­iary. They have given away out­door fur­ni­ture, gro­ceries, Dubbo Zoo tick­ets and Gold Coast Theme Park tick­ets. Each year, lo­cal busi­nesses in Gin Gin do­nate goods to the fundrais­ing ef­forts.

“We sell raf­fle tick­ets at Gin Gin IGA,” Mrs Pearce said.

The raf­fle tick­ets cost as lit­tle as $1, its loose change and the aux­il­iary needs com­mu­nity sup­port to con­tinue its great work for the hos­pi­tal.

Mrs Pearce said it would be fan­tas­tic to get some younger peo­ple in­volved and to be­come mem­bers of the aux­il­iary.

“My grand­chil­dren are in­volved and I am very proud of them,” she said.

Ben Robert­son, who is only 14-years-old, said he en­joyed do­ing com­mu­nity work and en­cour­aged oth­ers to do the same.

“It would be bet­ter if there were more peo­ple my age,” he said.

Gin Gin Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary is look­ing for vol­un­teers and fundrais­ers.

The next cent sale is on Satur­day, Au­gust 29, at the RSL Hall in Milden St.

En­try is $1 and in­cludes morn­ing tea.

When you see the team selling raf­fle tick­ets at IGA buy one as you never know your luck.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Ann Pearce on 4157 2596.

Meet­ings are held at the Gin Gin Hos­pi­tal, 5 King St, Gin Gin on the first Mon­day of the month at 1.30pm

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

PRIZE QUILT: Judy Robert­son, Alex Robert­son, Ann Pearce (Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary Pres­i­dent), Gary Robert­son, Kaye Hughes and Ben Robert­son.

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