Auxiliary fundraising efforts applauded

THE floors at the Murwillumbah Hospital surgery ward are less slippery this year and surgeons have extra trolleys to cart their equipment, plus there are new state-of-the-art beds and a new ultrasound probe.

All these things are thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Murwillumbah Hospital Auxiliary.

At the group's annual meeting on Monday, the full extent of its fundraising this year was revealed.

Murwillumbah District Hospital director of nursing Phil Ruge said $22,650 was raised by the auxiliary.

“It is a good effort for the small amount of numbers and type of activities they are engaged in,” Mr Ruge said.

“It is only a small group - there are only about 16 of them and they are in the main more elderly ladies who are part of the committee. They conduct raffles and might raise $400 every time, but they keep on going over and over again.

“They are part of a larger group, the United Hospital Auxiliary of New South Wales, which is officially recognised and endorsed by the New South Wales Health Department and acknowledged for the valuable work it does throughout the state.”

The auxiliary helped staff and improved the experience of patients, Mr Ruge said.



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