Coffs Pink Ladies lead fundraiser to fund hospital equipment – News Of The Area

UHA delegates at the Northeast Regional Forum in Nambucca Heads, where they heard from the chair of the region’s North Coast Local Health District Board of Directors, Professor Heather Cavanagh.

COFFS Harbor Pink Ladies shone at the recent NSW North East Region Forum, winning both the Frances Gavel OAM Trophy for most net money raised by a Country Auxiliary in 2020 and 2021 and the prestigious award Honor Bell for the most gross money raised by a country auxiliary in 2020 and 2021.

The forum, hosted at Nambucca Heads, celebrated and honored the United Hospital Auxiliaries of NSW North Eastern Region for their service to public hospitals in the Mid North Coast.

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Approximately 50 delegates from UHA and Pink Ladies branches of Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Bellingen, Bowraville, Macksville, Nambucca, Kempsey, Wauchope and Port Macquarie attended, and their collective and individual efforts were honoured.

From Coffs, Helen Mears, local star volunteer and pink woman of over 40, was present.

Helen spoke about her experience of being awarded the NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year award in 2021.

An inspiration to so many, Helen told News Of The Area: “I love caring for patients and staff and helping them in any way I can.

“I also enjoy sewing for babies, working in the gift shop, meeting new people and making new lifelong friends.

“The community can help by donating their time to volunteer and come join us at Coffs Harbor Health Campus Volunteering.”

Special guests included Professor Heather Cavanagh, Chair of the North Coast Local Health District Board of Directors, Oxley Member Melinda Pavey, Rhonda Hoban, Mayor of Nambucca Valley, and Andrew Bailey , Chief Executive Officer/Director of Nursing, Macksville District Hospital.

Professor Cavanagh said the health district was impressed with the volunteers.

“In the last fiscal year alone, you dedicated 42,956 hours to support our healthcare facilities, staff and patients – which is a remarkable effort, considering the impacts of COVID on volunteer services.

“You have donated an astronomical $264,431 worth of medical equipment and patient comfort items that have made an incredible difference to our staff and services.

“And you did it all with dignity, grace and tenacity.

“We thank you for staying with us… through these difficult days, weeks and months.

“And we want you to know that we need you more than ever, just like our patients.”

Northeast Regional Representative on the UHA Executive, Dee Hunter, was also on hand to deliver State Chair Tracey Wilkinson’s speech and to make several special presentations, including two Life Membership Awards. to Irene Chesterman from Bellingen and Win Secombe from Wauchope.


Coffs Harbor Pink Ladies President Helen Mears and fellow volunteer Adele McKinnon with the 2020 and 2021 State Awards won by the branch for her incredible fundraising efforts.

Lillian L. Pena