The Southern Highlands has proven that without community support, our hospital would not be the same.
For almost 100 years, groups from the region have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to make sure equipment is kept up-to-date at Bowral and District Hospital.
The Moss Vale Hospital Auxiliary and the Bowral Hospital Auxiliary are two groups in particular that work tirelessly to ensure Highlands patients receive high quality care.
Through fundraisers like cake stalls, fashion parades and craft sales, the auxiliaries make enough money to buy things the hospital has requested on a ‘wish list.’
Just this week, two high-tech beds were purchased for the hospital by the Bowral Auxiliary, and hospital staff were first to jump up and say that the hospital would not be the same without these hard-working volunteers.
Highlands groups like VolWing have stopped operating recently due to lack of volunteers, and it would be terrible loss to Highlands health care if auxiliaries were to ever stop their work.
Since 2010, the Bowral Auxiliary has raised more than $398,000 for new equipment at the hospital and in 2017, the Moss Vale Auxiliary celebrated 90 years of service.
Both groups are always on the look out for volunteers and have urged people to get involved this year.
Without the groups, hospitals would not have as many tables, beds, pumps, syringes and other vital equipment.
The hospital keeps a list of items that are needed, and the auxiliaries buy goods specifically from the list to ensure that the funds are spent in the best way possible.
The beauty of these groups is that they have the potential to assist every single person in the area. Both auxiliaries have been thanked countless times by the South Western Sydney Local Heath District, hospital staff and patients- and now its time for our community as a whole to say thank you.
You’d think that the auxiliaries are run by hundreds of people, but altogether there are only 50 or so people involved.
If more people became involved with the groups, imagine how much more assistance the hospital would receive.
These groups are asking for more people to become involved, and now is your chance. Contact Wendy Pedley on 4861 1335 to become involved in the Bowral Auxiliary, or Sandra D'Adam on 4868 2843 for the Moss Vale Auxiliary.