Hospital Auxiliary raise over $327,000

Hospital Auxiliary raise over $327,000

Members of the Calvary Mater Newcastle Auxiliary Cancer Carers once again proved their ongoing commitment and loyalty to fundraising for Calvary Mater Newcastle by presenting a cheque to the hospital totalling $327,162.43 at their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 2 August.

With 26 members ranging in age from 57 to 99, the group of men and women throughout the 2017/18 financial year worked approximately 46,472 hours in total, equating to 1,786 hours per member and over $10,000 being raised per member.

Funds were raised through a variety of activities with the lolly tables alone bringing in over $70,000. Donated crafts raised close to $40,000, raffles approximately $25,000 and functions and bowls days totalled over $68,000.

Chief Executive Officer of Calvary Mater Newcastle, Greg Flint, said the Calvary Mater Newcastle Auxiliary Cancer Carers astounded the team each year with their donation.

“It is because of their dedication we are able to purchase much needed equipment for the care and comfort of our patients throughout the hospital,” Greg said.

“We are constantly inspired by the hard work and countless hours the members put in each and every week and are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support they provide to our patients and staff.”

Over the past year, the Auxiliary has purchased hospital equipment and made donations to the hospital to the value of $334,045.42, with further equipment to the value of $134,000 on order.

“It is an honour to be able to raise funds for the hospital and make a difference in our community. We would like to thank the community and staff who support us and give generously each year enabling us to raise vital funds,” Auxiliary President, Elaine Wellard said.

The Auxiliary holds bowling days, coach trips, fashion parades, celebration luncheons, raffles throughout the community, craft goods, baking and its lolly tables at the hospital. Members are also widely supported by the community, who continue to donate to the Auxiliary for the benefit of the hospital and its patients.

IMAGE | Members of the Calvary Mater Newcastle Auxiliary Cancer Carers have donated $327,162.43 at their AGM.

Calvary Mater

With 195 beds and supported by an emergency department and intensive care unit, Calvary Mater Newcastle is the Hunter region's major centre for oncology (cancer) services, haematology, clinical toxicology and research.  The hospital is also home to the Newcastle Melanoma Unit and BreastScreen NSW Hunter New England, and has a stroke service which provides a seamless care approach to stroke treatment and assessment of patients.

Calvary Mater Newcastle is a teaching hospital in affiliation with many teaching institutions and is fully accredited by the Australian Council on Health Care Standards.

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