Among those in attendance at the Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary Mega Raffle draw last Sunday were Maureen Scott, Anne Brain, Carol Sleeman, Meredith Wooley, Helen O’Halloran, Maureen Chisholm and Kathy Geyer. m681519

THE Wonthaggi Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, or as it is known today, the Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary, has a long and glorious history stretching back well over 100 years to the days when the miners’ wives were concerned about the health and wellbeing of their husbands and families.
It lives on today in a wonderfully, vibrant, happy group that does invaluable service and vital fundraising, as it has always done, for the local hospital.
Last Sunday they got together to celebrate the success of their latest effort, raising more than $9500 via their annual raffle, the money this year, according to health service CEO Jan Child, going towards additional equipment for orthopaedics.
“Bass Coast Health knows how fantastic the ladies’ auxiliary is. We have over 200 volunteers, some of whom come into the hospital to perform a wide range of services, and we are absolutely blessed with what they do,” Ms Child said.
“We actually have a wish list of $9 million worth of things, so it’s a big list and even if you take away $4 million worth of equipment we’ll probably never get, there is genuinely $5 million worth that we do need to grow our business.
“For a long time, we have been languishing as a health service, but we are now making gains providing more of the services that the community needs locally.
“Also, there’s a lot of equipment that needs replacing.
“This money raised by the auxiliary is for orthopaedic equipment, so we can attract more orthopaedic surgeons, so we can duplicate what we have and have both theatres fixing knees and putting arms and legs back together again. It’s a big thank you for what you do,” Ms Child said.
Winners of the raffle were 1st Jane Healey of Sunderland Bay (Rigby Home Furnishings bedroom package to the value of $3000 with linen supplied by the auxiliary, 2nd Emma O’Neill (nurse) $1700 three-night getaway compliments of King Island Airlines including accommodation, car and meals and 3rd Chris O’Donnell, $350 accommodation at the Esplanade Resort Lakes Entrance. The hospital’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Bruce Waxman was originally drawn as the winner, but he donated it back to the group for a redraw on the day.
Also, coming up soon is the BCH Auxiliary Fete on Saturday, May 4 at the Wonthaggi Hospital, a mystery tour in June, and a visit by the Navy Band, for a performance at the Wonthaggi Arts Centre on Wednesday, July 31 tickets from the hospital.
The group meets on the first Thursday of the month at 1pm at the hospital, all welcome.