Maryborough Hospital Auxiliary members (from left) secretary Christine Lee, president Doreen Smith, June McLachlin and Marjory Williams raised money for equipment for the palliative care unit at the Maryborough Base Hospital. Accepting the donations were (seated on the equipment) Dr Ian Truscott and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Fraser Coast region asset officer Maree Dollin.
Maryborough Hospital Auxiliary members (from left) secretary Christine Lee, president Doreen Smith, June McLachlin and Marjory Williams raised money for equipment for the palliative care unit at the Maryborough Base Hospital. Accepting the donations were (seated on the equipment) Dr Ian Truscott and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service Fraser Coast region asset officer Maree Dollin. Boni Holmes

Community supports Maryborough Hospital Auxiliary

A COMMUNITY so generous has helped the long-standing volunteers of the Maryborough Hospital Auxiliary ensure the safety and comfort of Wide Bay patients.

More than $100,000 has been donated to the auxiliary to help the Maryborough Base Hospital purchase everything from televisions and fans to odemeters and mobile baby scales.

The auxiliary has been going for 58 years.

Volunteers of 25 years, Doreen and Robert Smith can't speak highly enough about their members and the general community.

"We have about 20 active members - marvellous volunteers who all vie for the same thing - to do something for our hospital," Mrs Smith said.

"Whatever the hospital requires in the way of equipment the auxiliary raised money to buy it - and they still do today.

"We have a canteen trolley that goes around the hospital of a morning, Monday to Thursday, and sell sweets, drinks, chips, hand towels and things.

"We also sell raffle tickets and of course donations from the public as well.

"Everything we raise goes into the hospital."

The hospital sends a letter to the auxiliary committee with a request for equipment where it is discussed whether the money can be raised to whether they get it.

"Nine times out of ten, we can do it," Mrs Smith said.

"We have also had quite a lot of donations including the Lions Club, the RSL, the Boonooroo Golf Club.

"They have all helped in us purchasing our equipment this year.

"We want to thank all those who have donated."

Mrs Smith said auxiliary volunteers also assist at supportive therapy making tea and coffee for patients, and at the information desk.

"We have a lovely set of ladies...and their husbands - they all buck in and help out regardless.

"This year has been our busiest year with equipment - we have spent roughly $20,000.

"And the auxiliary has spent well over $100,000 since its inception.

"There is obviously equipment we can't buy, it is just too dear for us to manage. This is why we have the RSL and Lions come in."

Mrs Smith joined the auxiliary for something to do after retirement.

"I just wanted to do something to help someone else," she said.

"I am president and have been for four years and before that I was treasurer for four years.

"All our members are retired and we are always looking for volunteers.

"I thoroughly thrive on it."

The Maryborough Hospital Auxiliary meet on the third Tuesday each month at the Bauer Wiles Centre, Neptune St, Maryborough from 9.30am.

Everyone is welcome. For more information phone 4123 4263.


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