Annual membership cost just a shilling and numbers were double back in 1934.
But the biggest change for the Dubbo Base Hospital Auxiliary has been the fundraising, says current auxiliary president Yvonne Lynch.
The hospital auxiliary yesterday celebrated 70 years – complete with birthday cake – since the first official gathering of the group was held in a Dubbo hall on October 9 1934.
With membership numbers dwindling from 30-strong in 1934 to just 14 this year, none of which are original members, Ms Lynch said it was becoming more difficult to raise funds for the hospital.
“We’re raising less these days because we have less people,” Ms Lynch said at yesterday’s monthly meeting.
“We’re asking people to give up just one hour a month if they’d like to join and participate in the occasional working bee.”
The auxiliary raises an average of $10,000 a year, with a record fundraising effort of more than $20,000, and all funds are injected back into the hospital.
The hospital auxiliary holds fetes, sells raffle tickets and hosts various fundraising events each year.
A cherry picking adventure is the auxiliary’s next big fundraising event, set to take place on December 5.
All money raised is spent on equipment and “niceties” at the hospital such as thermal blankets, lifting devices and ECG machines.
The hospital’s business manager Peter Woodward and acting general manager Lynleigh Evans presented Ms Lynch and her 13 team members with a certificate to celebrate the auxiliary’s 70 years of service.
“Each of the departments at the hospital have at some stage had some benefit from the auxiliary – stuff we can’t afford to get with our budget,” Mr Woodward said.
“It’s the niceties and equipment essential for looking after our patients that we are able to get quicker than if we relied on other funds.”
For those interested in joining the hospital auxiliary please contact Yvonne Lynch on 6882 6957.
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