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Members of the Grafton View Club enjoyed the Mother’s Day morning tea, presented by the Grafton Branch of the United Hospital Auxiliary (GBUHA) last week. Image: Emma Pritchard

Mother’s Day morning tea raises $3000

Emma Pritchard

 

As plates of delicious scones and homemade slices were generously shared and cups of tea and coffee poured, attendees chatted happily amongst themselves and agreed the annual Mother’s Day morning tea, presented by the Grafton Branch of the United Hospital Auxiliary (GBUHA) on May 4, was a tremendous success.

More than 100 people supported the event this year and helped to raise over $3000 to purchase equipment for Grafton Base Hospital (GBH).

Featuring lucky door prizes, a tombola, raffles and a hotly contested auction for a beautiful floral arrangement by Annette Brotherson, MC and GBUHA Patron Richie Williamson, who was also presented with a special badge in recognition of his commitment to the local charity during the morning, said he was extremely proud to see so many in attendance.

Describing the morning tea as a fantastic event filled with plenty of smiles and frivolity, GBUHA President Kerrie DiMattia also said it was wonderful to see so many people come together.

“There was a real energy in the room,” she said.

“Everyone was commenting about how enjoyable the morning tea was.

“We’re so grateful to the community for their support because it means the absolute world to us.”

During the morning tea, GBUHA member Roy Ford was presented with a community recognition statement by Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis in honour of his 20 years of volunteer work with the local charity.

Grafton Branch of the United Hospital Auxiliary (GBUHA) member Roy Ford was presented with a community recognition statement by Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis in honour of his 20 years of volunteer work. Image: Emma Pritchard

John Sanderson, who has donated $30000 to GBUHA through the years, was also recognised for his outstanding contributions.

Following the official presentations, Ms DiMattia spoke to the crowd about the GBUHA op shop and the amazing group of volunteers who work exceptionally hard to run it.

“We are really proud of the work we do and what we’re able to give back to our community,” she said.

“The support has been fantastic, and we are so grateful.”

Director of Nursing and Midwifery at GBH Sharon Wright told the Clarence Valley Independent the local charity does an incredible job to support the hospital.

“The money that is donated through the community via the op shop goes towards the purchase of patient related equipment,” she said.

“Profits from events such as these also come back to GBH through the generosity of the community, and we really appreciate that.”

GBUHA wish to thank the Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC) for hosting the event last week, Warren and Johnston for providing live entertainment, members of Grafton Midday Rotary for assisting in the service of tea and coffee, and to local businesses for generously donating raffle prizes.

  • The GBUHA op shop is located at 107 Pound Street, Grafton. Opening times are 9:30am -3:30pm, Tuesday to Friday, and between 9:30am – 12pm on Saturday. Locals interested in becoming members are encouraged to visit the store during opening times for further information.

 

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