Halloween fete, bed races in aid of hospital
LISMORE Base Hospital Auxiliary has raised more than $100,000 over the past year for much-needed hospital equipment, but it's not resting on its laurels.
The auxiliary has teamed with the hospital for its Halloween-themed fete fundraiser, including the second annual bed races, to be held this Saturday from 10am to 3pm.
Auxiliary member Sue Havilah was hoping the fete could raise $12,000, which would be about $2000 more than last year's effort.
"Technology's moving on constantly, so there's always a need for bigger and better equipment," she said.
"The big winner is the patient. They get the benefit of the newest things to help them.
"The auxiliary is great. You fundraise for the hospital and you have a lot of fun doing it. Win-win situation."
Hospital director of nursing and midwifery, Narelle Gleeson, said the auxiliary's efforts were greatly appreciated.
"What words could you use. The auxiliary's extremely important," she said.
"The money they raise means we can purchase equipment outside of our general funding, and we can use that to better provide service to patients.
"We also turn to the auxiliary as a voice of the community."
She urged Northern Rivers residents to get involved in the fete.
"I've only been here two years. I've noticed almost everyone has a story about the hospital. And they're largely positive," she said.
"The hospital is an important part of the community. The support is appreciated."
Equipment to be purchased from fundraising was not yet decided.
Mrs Havilah said the auxiliary was always looking for new members - younger people in particular - with just four hours a week to spare.
- Pathology North/Mental Health Unit car park/Base Hospital campus, Hunter St
- Halloween costume and pumpkin carving competitions, bed races, kids activities, stalls, charity fruit and vegetable auction, performances, health check stall, food court
- Bed race teams of five can still enter up to the day. Call 6620 2354
- For more information on how to become a member call 0413 818 423.