St Martha’s Re­gional Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary set for an­other strong year

The Casket - - Local -

The an­nual meet­ing of the St Martha’s Re­gional Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary, held Oct. 15, recorded 2017-18 as be­ing a very suc­cess­ful year.

Be­sides cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of the Break­away Café, the aux­il­iary pur­chased more than $300,000 of equip­ment for the hospi­tal.

They equipped the Pal­lia­tive Care unit with fur­nish­ings at a cost of $150,000, pro­vided funds for a Col­poscopy cam­era and com­puter ($36,000), pur­chased an ECT unit for the Men­tal

Health depart­ment ($23,000), and 12 com­put­ers on wheels for In­pa­tient units ($102,000).

Martha Cooper, site leader at St. Martha’s, said she al­ways knows the aux­il­iary is there wait­ing to help when­ever pos­si­ble, and it’s won­der­ful to have this se­cu­rity.

In her re­port, aux­il­iary pres­i­dent Nancy Maceach­ern, said “I am over­whelmed with the ef­forts made by our (non-mem­ber) vol­un­teers. In­nu­mer­able hours are pro­vided by more than 100 of these gen­er­ous and en­er­getic in­di­vid­u­als, (who part­ner with) the 49 mem­bers of the aux­il­iary.”

The aux­il­iary is now busy plan­ning for the first ma­jor fundraiser of the year, the Jin­gle Bell Frolic.

On Nov. 30, at the Clare Marie Cen­tre, chow­der, which is a ma­jor at­trac­tion at this event, will, once again, be un­der the watch­ful eyes of chef Marc Gabrieau and Dr. Mike Sil­ver.

Add to that, bake and fudge ta­bles, groan­ing with ‘naughty but nice’ fare, the amaz­ing bargains that are At­tic Trea­sures, crafts and beau­ti­ful spe­cial gifts; all sur­rounded by fes­tive ar­range­ments and colours, and the aux­il­iary should have no prob­lem in at­tract­ing the whole­hearted sup­port of the com­mu­nity.

That sup­port, which is al­ways there at any aux­il­iary en­deav­our, is also ev­i­dent in the spe­cial raf­fle and silent auc­tion items which, this year, in­clude; a quilt, carved stones, a cross-stitch picture, a Lyn­charm bowl, an Imelda

Ge­orge Santa and book, a fruit cake and, as if that were not enough, a bas­ket­ful of jams and jel­lies.

The place to be on Nov. 30 will be at the Clare Marie at 11; just in time for a steam­ing bowl of chow­der and a good Jin­gle Bell Frolic.

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