Goondiwindi Hospital Auxiliary seeks new volunteers

Can you volunteer your time to the Goondiwindi Hospital Auxiliary?
Can you volunteer your time to the Goondiwindi Hospital Auxiliary?

Like many local organisations, the Goondiwindi Hospital Auxiliary has been under added pressure during this pandemic, and now they need your help more than ever.

New members are urgently needed to support their valued work and the committee is calling on new volunteers to put their hand up at their next meeting, tomorrow.

The hospital auxiliary is a small group of volunteers working hard to raise money for much-needed equipment at the Goondiwindi hospital.

In the past 10 years they have raised over $170,000 to support the hospital. In the past 12 months this has included the installation of the indigenous 'yarning circle'.

President, Peter McMurtrie, said this had been a great success. "We are just about to spend a couple of grand planting trees and gardens in this area so patients and visitors have somewhere they can sit in the shade," he said.

"We also bought a coffee machine for patients and visitors to use. You put two bucks in the slot and you get a good quality coffee with all the money coming back to the auxiliary.

"We're also officially handing over a training manikin to the midwifery section tomorrow," he said.

In the late 50s there was talk of the hospital board disbanding and Nancy Adams realised if this happened there would be a need for an auxiliary. She, along with other concerned residents organised a meeting to form the auxiliary.

The auxiliary was formed in April 1959, with hospital superintendent Dr Joliffe, as the founding president. With only 12 presidents following in his place, it proves the reward members gain from being involved, not only providing for the local community but creating long-lasting friendships and achieving self-accomplishment.

Some of their projects have included the donation of things like fans and air-conditioners, televisions and phones, just to name a few.

"The auxiliary principally raises extra funds to buy things the hospital wouldn't normally have," Mr McMurtrie said.

"It's not a lot of effort to be involved. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month, normally at the hospital but that has changed at the moment due to Covid restrictions. We always get a good afternoon tea and come up with strategies about how to raise and distribute funds.

"We only have one or two events a year with our major fundraiser being a barefoot bowls day which had to be cancelled this year.

"We have 10 or 12 members at the moment and we'd love to double that number," Mr Murtrie said. "And we would love some younger members too."

If you would like to join the auxiliary their meeting will be hosted at the Goondiwindi Bowls Club at 2pm tomorrow (Tuesday, November 17) for a festive afternoon tea. If you are not able to attend but would still like to donate your time or find out more you can contact Peter on 0408 887 923.