Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has praised the dedicated volunteers of the Caloundra Hospital Auxiliary for raising more than $1.6 million over the past 32 years for vital services at the Caloundra Hospital.
It comes as volunteers locally, nationally and internationally are set to be saluted on December 5 – International Volunteers Day.
More than 250 volunteers form the Caloundra Hospital Auxiliary, who run Bardo’s Bazaar (an opp shop) and Mary Rose Café at the Caloundra Hospital. Through major fundraisers, the operations of Bardo’s and Mary Rose Café and donations from Halcyon Parks Caloundra (through craft fairs) the Auxiliary has been able to majorly contribute to the Caloundra Hospital with:
– A major fit-out of the palliative care unit
– State of the art laser technology for the ophthalmology unit
– Equipment for the physio and rehabilitation unit
– Provide new and modern special needs beds
– Major contributor to the Centre for Living, which provides support for people to have palliative care in the comfort of their homes
Caloundra Hospital Auxiliary president Claudine Hagan said being part of the auxiliary has been some of the proudest years of her life.
“We work so hard for the hospital and we know that every cent raised goes back to the hospital,” Ms Hagan said.
“One of the most rewarding things was to see our name on the Wish List board, which is recognition of the people who have contributed towards the hospital.
“Also seeing how far we’ve come with Dove Cottage (a palliative care unit) going from two beds to 10 is just amazing.”
Mr McArdle, who is patron of the auxiliary, congratulated the Caloundra Hospital Auxiliary for their efforts.
“I have seen first-hand the major contributions the auxiliary have made to the hospital and each and every single volunteer should be incredibly proud of their efforts,” Mr McArdle said.
The Caloundra Hospital Auxiliary started in 1981. Their management committee and board members play a pivotal role in assessing the hospital’s wish list and prioritise funding.
To become a volunteer or donate items contact Bardo’s on 5436 8823.