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Small community, big hearts

Tuesday 25 February 2020

The community may be small, but the hearts are huge in the Central West town of Tambo and the surrounding area.

Over the past 12 months alone, the local Tambo Hospital Auxiliary has raised thousands of dollars from the local community and donated $14,200 to upgrade various parts of the primary health centre.

These include:

  • $6600 for pergola at the front entrance of the primary health centre, surrounded by a garden and including covered, outdoor seating for eight people and a concrete floor with all-ability access.
  • $3000 for upgrading security cameras around the Tambo Primary Health Centre.
  • $3000 for new lighting equipment.
  • $1600 for a new observation lamp for the doctor’s consultation room.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Blackall and Tambo health facility hub manager Vikki Wendt said the health service was incredibly grateful to the Tambo Hospital Auxiliary for its strong support of their local health centre.

“Both the current and previous hospital auxiliaries have been hugely supportive of the health centre and the Tambo community generous with their donations,’’ she said.

“We are very pleased to have such strong support in our communities here in the Central West.

“On behalf of our staff and Central West Health, I’d like to thank the Tambo Hospital Auxiliary for their fantastic work, and I’d like to thank the Tambo community for their continued support of the auxiliary’s work.’’

Ms Wendt said the latest donation of new, mobile lighting equipment included the latest LED fixtures and was specifically designed for clinical settings.

“The mobile light will provide nursing teams and doctors with improved lighting and staff are thrilled to have access to the new equipment,’’ she said.

“So, thanks Tambo Hospital Auxiliary, for helping us light our way!’’

Tambo Hospital Auxiliary President Maureen Woodward said the auxiliary would be ramping up community engagement and fundraising in the coming months.

“Here in Tambo and surrounds, we all have a very strong connection to our little hospital and we’re very big on supporting it in any way possible,’’ she said.

“Both the current and previous auxiliary committees have worked hard to fund items of equipment or other improvements to the hospital.

“Thanks to the drought, times have been tough around here over the past couple of years, but we still managed to get strong community support for our donations.

“With the recent rains and better times on the horizon, we’ll be looking at tapping into that optimism as we design new fundraising events for the coming months.

“I’ve already asked the hospital for their donations wish list for the future. I know a vein finder – a portable imaging device that helps staff identify veins under the skin more easily where these are difficult to find ­– is already on the wish list,’’ she said.

Mrs Woodward said raffles were the auxiliary’s primary fundraising activities.

“Our community has always been generous supporting our raffles by buying tickets and by donating raffle prizes in cash or kind,’’ she said.

“Many years ago, for instance, we used to get bales of high-quality wool being donated.’’

Mrs Woodward said anyone could join the Tambo Hospital Auxiliary.

“We meet on the third Monday of each month and you can join the auxiliary for just $1 a year,’’ she said.

“You don’t get much for a $1 anymore, much less a chance to join a great little community organisation like ours!’’

  • Anyone interested in joining the Tambo Hospital Auxiliary, or knowing more about it, can contact Maureen Woodward on 0428 546 272.


For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Last updated: 9 March 2020