October 27 - November 2, 2013: Issue 134

  Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Wins Three Awards – Mona Vale Hospital Golden Jubilee Preparations Begin

 Waveney Perman, Gail Carew and Eileen Gordon on Friday. Picture by Michael Mannington, 2013.

 Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary Wins Three Awards – Mona Vale Hospital Golden Jubilee Preparations Begin

by Gail Carew

Since 1933, The United Hospital Auxiliaries of NSW Inc (UHA), through its many local branches, has been responding to the needs of community and health facilities throughout the state.  Unique to UHA as a charitable organisation is all monies raised by a branch stays within a community and is directed only to the local hospital or health care centre.  (from UHA Inc. website home page)

Each year at the UHA State Conference, every branch, (over 200) is given an opportunity to interact as part of the organisation. Resolutions of concern are debated and forwarded to the relevant Ministers of parliament and departmental offices for consideration. And each year at the State Conference, trophies are awarded for various categories of service and fundraising efforts.

At this year's 80th Annual State Conference the award for "Most money raised gross by a Metropolitan Auxiliary in 2013" was Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary.

The award for "Most money raised net by a Metropolitan Auxiliary in 2013" was Mona Vale. 

The award for "Runner up for the most money raised net per member by a Metropolitan Auxiliary in 2013" was Mona Vale.

An extraordinary achievement, but one which was not only due to the hard work and dedication of the Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary  team, but made possible because of the  invaluable community support and contribution of local businesses, organisations, service clubs and generous individuals in the Pittwater and Northern Beaches areas.  

Because of such wonderful community support, the Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary during the 2012/2013 financial year, contributed over $300,000.00 to the cost of medical equipment for our local hospital.

It takes a special commitment to help alleviate the suffering of others and being part of UHA and a supportive community provides a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate our caring attitude.

"Let us hold high the lamp of service for the welfare of our hospitals"

However, despite a most fruitful year, the work of the Auxiliary does not stop. The many craft, cake, bric-a-brack stalls and raffles will continue every month in various local shopping areas. 

Next year, the Mona Vale Hospital Golden Jubilee, celebrating 50 years of our hospital serving our community, will be held in the hospital grounds. 

The Jubilee committee, working in conjunction with the Mona Vale Hospital Auxiliary, invites the Pittwater and Northern Beaches communities  to  a weekend of fun and celebration. 

It begins on Friday 21st February with a reunion dinner at Pittwater RSL Club.  Followed by an ocean swim event on Saturday morning.  Throughout Saturday a fair including a variety of  foods stalls, rides for the kids, local art and craft, memorabilia, a photo and history gallery, a car raffle and much more will be presented in the hospital grounds.

The recently upgraded and expanded Palliative Care Centre, will be open and the Friends of Northern Beaches (FONB), the volunteer group from the Centre, will be organising morning/afternoon tea and art and craft stalls    

Thanks to Paul Robertson, local Creative Events Designer and Producer, live music featuring local bands and performers will be a big part of the fun-filled day. 

The Saturday fair will be followed by a formal dinner at the Mona Vale Golf Club.

And to end the weekend celebrations, on Sunday 23rd February, a Thanksgiving Service will be held at 2.30pm in the Hospital Chapel followed by afternoon tea in the cafeteria. 

There are many ways to get involved and we invite anyone who could contribute any of the following:

Old photos, memorabilia uniforms, history 

Information from former staff about experiences in the early years 

Information from people who were born in the first few years i.e. from March 1964

Or if you just want to get in touch

Sponsorship from business or individuals who would like to assist

Your interest and help would be most welcome.

Please contact the committee on our Facebook page or our Website www.mvhospitaljubilee.org

Mona Vale Hospital, October 2013. Picture by A J Guesdon. 

 Report by Gail Carew, MVHA, 2013.