Auxiliary outdoes itself with $21k gift
A STAGGERING $21,000 has been donated to Rochester and Elmore District Health Service (REDHS) thanks to the Rochester Hospital Auxiliary and the support of the community.
Auxiliary president Maureen Leahy and REDHS staff estimate this is the highest amount donated by the auxiliary to the organisation.
Mrs Leahy said the landmark donation had been thanks to donations from the community through events organised by the auxiliary.
‘‘It’s marvellous to think we’ve been able to donate that much from our events. This year was higher as we have been able to include proceeds from the Debutante Ball in our contribution,’’ she said.
‘‘Our challenge is to have events that are of interest to the community but we have been well supported.
‘‘And it was really great money from the Easter egg raffle ($1160), which is just terrific for a raffle.’’
Maureen thanked those who had donated items to be raffled and people who bought tickets, attended events and helped organise events.
For the REDHS team, the money will be divided between the acute care ward, the gym and the Social Support Group after staff consultations.
REDHS director of clinical services Mark Nally said feedback and consultation had been vital for the organisation to ensure they could direct funding to where it’s needed.
‘‘The fundraising represents an outstanding effort on the auxiliary’s behalf and I can’t say enough for them,’’ he said.
‘‘We extend our thanks, from the board, our chief executive Anne McEvoy, myself and also the people who are working at patients’ bedsides.
‘‘It’s a resounding thank you from everyone at REDHS.’’
The donation will help fund a minor refurbishment for palliative care, with a space for families to rest while visiting relatives.
‘‘When people come in, we ask what is important to them, and they said ‘that I’m comfortable and my family is comfortable’, and so we’re making sure we’re taking the pressure off families who are supporting a patient,’’ he said.
Mr Nally said the purchase of collapsible gym rails will also allow for greater rehabilitation for patients and being collapsible, allow for a better use of space.
The purchase of outdoor furniture for the Social Support Group also allows for more community members to get out and about and interact with others.
■ Chris White, Rochester Hospital Auxiliary treasurer Kath Bubb, Rochester Hospital Auxiliary president Maureen Leahy, REDHS director of clinical services Mark Nally, REDHS allied health team leader Susannah Hargreaves and REDHS social support group’s Ann-Maree Hewlett.