Port Macquarie Pink Ladies Receive Certificates of Appreciation for Fundraising Efforts | Port Macquarie News

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The Pink Ladies of Port Macquarie were recognized for their contribution to hospitals and community health centers at the recent United Hospital Auxiliaries of NSW (UHA) North East Region Zone Day. Port Macquarie Pink Ladies received a Certificate of Appreciation for their support of Port Macquarie Base Hospital and Port Macquarie Community Health Centre. The equipment donated amounted to over $10,000 and included vital signs monitors and wheelchairs. UHA volunteers from the North East Region of New South Wales gathered at Nambucca Heads to celebrate and honor their service to public hospitals on the North Central Coast. Approximately 50 delegates from UHA and Pink Ladies branches in Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Bellingen, BowraMacksville, Nambucca, Kempsey, Wauchope and Port Macquarie attended the forum where their collective and individual efforts were honoured. Special guests included Professor Heather Cavanagh, Chair of the North Shore 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 have dedicated a whopping 42,956 hours to support our healthcare facilities, staff and patients – which is a remarkable effort, considering the impacts of COVID on volunteer services,” a- she declared. “You donated the astronomical value of $264,431 worth of medical equipment and patient comfort items that made an incredible difference to our staff and our services, and you did it all with dignity, grace and tenacity.” us… through difficult days, weeks and months. And we want you to know that we need you more than ever, and so do our patients.” Northeast Regional Representative to the UHA Executive, Dee Hunter, was also on hand to make several special presentations. , including two Life Membership awards to Irene Chesterman of Bellingen and Win Secombe of Wauchope. The UHA’s highest honor was awarded to the two volunteers in 2021 and 2020, but COVID-19 restrictions led to the postponement of both presentations due to the cancellation of UHA state conferences. Ms. Hunter acknowledged the challenges of the past two years, due to the pandemic and natural disasters, but added that there were also many to celebrate.” Times have not been easy for us over the past two years and it is admirable that we have managed to stay in touch with our members, continue to fundraise even though it may have been more difficult than the years before issues, and continue to support our local hospitals,” said Hunter. “At this forum, we had many reasons to celebrate. We congratulated two of our long-time members, Irene Chesterman and Win Secombe, on becoming Life Members. “Most importantly, we finally managed to come together for our forum after the 2020 event was canceled due to COVID and the 2021 forum only had a small number of members due to major flooding.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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