$734,000 raised in last decade: Hospital auxiliary turns 80
BALLINA Hospital Auxiliary this year marks its 80th anniversary and volunteers will next week be enjoying a well-deserved lunch.
The auxiliary was formed in 1936 from what was originally the Hospital Guild, formed in 1930.
The volunteers have raised plenty of money over the years, through street stalls, market days, the annual craft show and sales at the hospital kiosk.
President Jeanette Coulter said the group raised funds "to supply our hospital with extra special pieces of equipment that the hospital are unable to purchase due to budget constraints".
"The 2014-2015 financial year was a very rewarding fundraising year," she said.
"The auxiliary has been able to purchase several very expensive items of equipment for the Ballina Hospital.
"In the 2014/2015 financial year, the auxiliary raised $81,000.
"In fact, over the past 20 years, from 1995 to 2015, the auxiliary has raised approximately $734,500."
The auxiliary has 51 members including one state life member and four life members.
The auxiliary meets on the third Tuesday of every month at the Hospital Solarium at 1.30pm, and welcomes new members.