Happy Anniversary to our North Hastings District Hospital Auxiliary!
It was back in 1985 when a band of like-minded people decided to establish the Auxiliary to assist the hospital in meeting the needs of its patients. Since then members have been giving their all in many different ways. We are so proud to mention that we still have one active member from these early days.
Mona has been with us since Day One and is still an active volunteer. Mona has garnered many awards over the last 30 years in recognition of her tireless efforts – greatly deserved!
Of course volunteers have come and volunteers have gone but it is worth noting that our membership now stands at over 100 and over the years volunteers have provided almost a quarter of a million hours of service on the behalf of the hospital.
From small beginnings, our locations have changed and improved. New To You (once the Op Shop) moved from its chilly original location outdoors (!) on Sherbourne Street to a more glamorous and cosier location on Flint Street in 2004 and in 2009 to its present location on Hastings Street, when the Auxiliary bought the building. Drop by and check out the selection of good quality clothing for women and men. The Corner Café came into being in 2003 and although no-one at that time had an idea of how to run a café, the volunteers muddled through making it the pleasant, successful and efficient venue that it now is. Don’t forget – it’s a great place to meet your friends for a cup of coffee or a light lunch. You can even buy a book for a buck, sit on a comfy chair and have a read.
Our fund-raising activities began modestly of course and raised $7,000 for the hospital in the first year. By 2014 the figure had soared to over $50,000. Not bad going, eh? Over our 30 years of operation we have funded many essential purchases including a zone air bed, vital signs monitors, wheelchairs, a blood coagulation machine and so many more. We also made a donation of $50,000 to the Dialysis Clinic in 2004.
This year we have raised the stakes and taken on a two year commitment. We are determined that we will raise $100,000 over the next two years with our “Here’s Looking At You” campaign to purchase
- an emergency department Blood Chemistry Machine
- a portable emergency Ultra-sound Machine
- a portable X-ray Machine
So you are going to be seeing us all over town! Say “Howdy” at No Frills for the Round-up (June 27th – July 5th). See us and hear us during the Radiothon July 17th-18th. Maybe drop by for lunch at the BBQs. Raffle tickets with generous prizes of groceries vouchers from Foodland will be available just about everywhere. And in early fall it will be time for the Smile Cookie Campaign in conjunction with Tim Horton’s.
We’d like to thank all those in the community for their support over the years and hopefully in the future. We’ll be there – and we always welcome new volunteers!