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POSTPONED – Maclean hospital auxiliary set for revival

A meeting to re-establish the Maclean District Hospital’s auxiliary, which was meant to happen on Thursday July 29, has been postponed due changes to covid restrictions. 

Enquiries, please call Paul Schofield on 0418 455 853.


Geoff Helisma|

The Maclean Lower Clarence Hospital Auxiliary faded away earlier this year when none of its members were prepared to take on the three required executive roles, president, secretary and treasurer.

Maclean District Hospital’s former director of nursing, Paul Schofield, who is now retired, has stepped up and nominated himself to take on the president’s role.

He has also “lined up” a potential executive: Marylin Brown (secretary), Jim Simmons (treasurer), Lori Brown (vice president) and Vicki Gulaptis (publicity officer).

“The auxiliary raised $78,000 last year, the second highest amount raised among auxiliaries in the northern area,” Mr Schofield said.

“It was beaten by Tweed Heads’ auxiliary, and they have a gift shop, too.”

He said it was an imperative to re-establish the auxiliary to prevent “that sort of money being diverted” to the nearest hospital that the community will be attending.

“The auxiliary is vital, to ensure money raised locally stays local,” Mr Schofield said.

“While the auxiliary is not active at the moment, it’s not officially closed, we just need an executive committee [the minimum requirement] to resurrect it.”

When the previous auxiliary called it quits, there were 90 members, all of whom are invited to attend a meeting at the Maclean Bowling Club (in the dining room) at 2.30pm on Thursday July 29.

A representative from The United Hospital Auxiliaries of NSW will be in attendance, to chair the meeting and call nominations for the executive positions.