Auxiliary helps hospital with medical equipment
THE Tweed Hospital Auxiliary has yet again helped out with several valuable donations to the local hospital.
Auxillary members raised funds for an assortment of valuable medical equipment worth more than $100,000.
The auxiliary has paid for two bronchoscopes, which are used for lung procedures.
They also bought a pair of bismonitors, which record a patient's level of consciousness while under anaesthetic during operations.
The most recent funds raised by the auxiliary were used for the purchase a new birthing bed.
Auxiliary president Mary Ranger said her volunteers had done an incredible job to raise money for the hospital.
According to Mrs Ranger, the auxiliary was on target to raise around $160,000 this financial year to contribute to the hospital.
The money comes from a range of different areas, including hospital gift shop sales, collections at Border Park Raceway, an annual fete and other donations from mem- bers of the community.
Mrs Ranger said the auxiliary had a number of fundraisers planned over the coming weeks.
She said two sausage sizzles were planned for the near future with dates to be advised.
Mrs Ranger said being a volunteer was very rewarding for the auxiliary's more than 180 members.
She said it was an extremely important job to be able to lend a hand at the hospital.
"It always feels good to help other people in our community," Mrs Ranger said.
"Being a volunteer for the hospital is a way to get to know new people in need."
Mrs Ranger said the good work of the auxiliary also tended to benefit the members themselves at some point in time.
"You never know when you might need some help yourself from the local hospital," she said.
"It's great that we can help our hospital purchase the best equipment available."