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