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Maclean Lower Clarence Hospital Auxiliary

At the recent meeting of the Maclean Lower Clarence Hospital Auxiliary the hospital general manager, Dan Madden, introduced Merric Parker who will be working three days per week replacing Tara Chambers who will be supervising the building of a new Ambulatory Care Centre. Dan reported that the budget is going to be very tight as the commonwealth government has reduced its contribution from 50% to 38% of costs so cuts will have to be made.

The Lions Club are organising a “Return and Earn” bottles system at Ironbark Drive, Townsend. People are asked to return bottles and cans on Wednesdays or Sundays. Each bottle will earn $0.10 for the auxiliary.

The Trivia Night at Yamba raised $1550. Thank you to Wendy and Bob Ballantyne for organising it. The stall at the Maclean markets raised $460.

The Golf Day at Maclean was very successful, making a total of $1262. The winners were the team of Cath and Richard Parker, Wendy King and M Livingstone. The winner of the major raffle was D Shirley and second was Max Beehas. The 100 club winners were Archie Bowes, Brad Woolnough and Janne Zeitch while Aian Pendleton and Tony Berger won the spot raffles. Auxiliary president, Sandra Bradbury, thanked the Maclean Golf Club president, Geoff Grayson, and staff for organising the day and members for their support. She also thanked the professional, Paul King, and his wife, Wendy, who gave up their time to run the day. Thank you to the golf club volunteers who donated their time to help with various tasks including cooking and working behind the bar. A big thank you to Graham and Pauline Howard for all the work they did.

Iluka Wombah  Rotary Club has been running a raffle of a beautiful quilt featuring pelicans on behalf of the auxiliary. It was drawn at the Golf Day and the winner was L Thomas.

Thank you to the Brushgrove Social Club for organising the Trivia Afternoon which resulted in a total of $1015 for the auxiliary, made up of entry fees and donations.

Upcoming fund raising events include a lamington drive for which orders must be placed by today, August 28, to be picked up on September 10 from 27 Palm Terrace, Yamba, after 3pm. Phone Rita on 6646 1554 or Elaine on 6645 8697 to order and arrange payment, $12 per dozen or $6 for half a dozen

There will be a Movie Day on Thursday September 12 to see the film “Downton Abbey” and a games afternoon on Friday September 20 at Treelands Drive Community Centre, Yamba.

The treasurer announced that over $90,000 has now been raised towards the new ultrasound machine.

The next meeting will be on Monday September 16 at 2pm in the conference room of Community Health at Maclean District Hospital. New members are welcome.

Maggie Combley