Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary’s tireless help
14 September 2021
The Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary is a perfect example of community helping community.
This tireless organisation is not only responsible for donating thousands of dollars in equipment to Gladstone Hospital, members also spend hundreds of hours completing volunteer work which directly benefits the community.
Auxiliary Treasurer Jenny McLeod said 2021 had been a busy year for Auxiliary members.
“In the past few months, members have collated thousands of kits to assist hospital staff manning the COVID-19 Testing Clinic,” Jenny said.
“Add to that organising our regular handmade crafts stall at Gladstone Hospital, hosting our Fashion Parade and Cent Auction and catering at the Gladstone Midday Rotary Club’s Motor Trader’s Day.
“It’s been non-stop, but an absolute labour of love for more than 30 dedicated members.”
Gladstone Hospital has already benefited greatly from Auxiliary donations this year, including two Swifi transfer chairs worth more than $4500, a hand-held doppler valued at $874 and infant stethoscopes valued at $528 – just to name a few.
“We also joined with the Gladstone Midday Rotary Club to purchase a recliner worth $3795 for the High Dependency Unit,” Jenny said.
“It’s a real community effort and we couldn’t donate what we do without the amazing support of other Gladstone businesses and organisations.
“All the handcrafts we sell at our stall are donated and this year alone we’ve received a $1500 donation from Matherson Crane Hire, $500 from the Commonwealth Bank and assistance with an eftpos machine from Bendigo Bank.
“We are so grateful for all the support and we love being able to give back to Gladstone Hospital, which has fantastic, hard-working staff who are always there when we need them, particularly in tough times like the current pandemic.”
Acting Executive Director Gladstone and Rural Monica Seth said Gladstone Hospital was fortunate to have such fantastic community support.
“We really appreciate how much time and effort Auxiliary members give to our hospital so we can continue to provide great care for Central Queenslanders.”
Gladstone Hospital Operational Services Manager Donna Coleman (left) was delighted when Gladstone Hospital Auxiliary donated two Swifi transfer chairs. She is pictured thanking Auxiliary Secretary Robyn Jurd and member Janet Frewen-Lord.