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Mater Hospital Brisbane Auxiliary

I am pleased to report it has been another very successful and enjoyable year for the Mater Hospital Brisbane Auxiliary.

Our main events for 2015 started in March with a beautiful morning of entertainment and food at our favourite venue, Brisbane’s Tattersall’s Club, on St Patrick’s Day. We were treated to a marvellous Irish concert given by singers, flutists and dancers, each of whom donated their time and talent to benefit Mater Hospital Brisbane.

Our second function for 2015 was held in July with Director of the Mater Young Adult Health Centre Brisbane, Dr Trisha O’Moore Sullivan our guest speaker.

In October, we hosted a very successful pre-Melbourne Cup ‘Hats and High Tea’ at Tattersall’s Club with the wonderful Dale Olsen from The Hat Box providing a stunning collection of hats for our fashion parade.

At the Auxiliary we are very grateful to all our friends and donors who support our fundraising events and we look forward to more wonderful events in the second half of 2016.

As 2015 was my last year as President of the Auxiliary, I would like to thank my fellow Auxiliary members for their ongoing assistance over the many years that I was President and I wish my successor, Nita Buckingham, all the very best for the future.

Terry Pender

President, Mater Hospital Brisbane Auxiliary

Mater Mothers’ Hospitals Auxiliary

It gives me great pleasure to look back on another successful year for the Mater Mothers’ Hospitals Auxiliary in which we raised thousands of dollars through our baby shop, cake sales, craft sales, Christmas stall and raffles.

These wonderful results would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our volunteers who contributed their time and resources to work in the shop and to make, bake and create the items we sold, from knitted booties to freshly made cookies.

Throughout 2015, Mater Mothers’ Hospitals Auxiliary donated more than $36 000 to Mater Mothers to fund the purchase of a Giraffe Warmer Bed ($27 880), a Calming Light ($763.76) and a Bilimeter ($8241.14). All of these items help in the care of seriously ill and premature babies and reduce their risk of trauma and infection.

Thank you for your continued support which enables us to help the staff at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals to make little miracles happen. I would encourage you to continue to support the Auxiliary by visiting the pop up shop, open in the foyer of Mater Mothers’ Hospitals on Tuesdays (8.30 am to 1.30 pm) and Thursdays (10 am to 1.30 pm).

Our Auxiliary comprises a dedicated group of ladies and often their husbands, some of whom have donated their time for more than 30 years, but we remain on the lookout for new volunteers to carry on the work of the Auxiliary with the knowledge that they are changing lives.

Suzanne Hill

President, Mater Mothers’ Hospitals Auxiliary

Mater Private Hospital Redland Auxiliary

Last year marked a period of change for Mater Private Hospital Redland Auxiliary. Our much loved Sr Marcia Maranta moved on from the hospital and is enjoying her new post at Prinz Willem Alexander Retirement Village. We couldn’t possibly reflect on what we’ve achieved without acknowledging that it was Sr Marcia who established the Auxiliary, having given so much time and support to the group over the years.

We also saw a change of Auxiliary members and we are grateful to those who have worked with us and we welcome our new members on board.

As part of this year’s fundraising activities we went on three bus trips to Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, Mooloolaba and Ipswich. After a delightful morning tea at Ipswich Visitor’s Centre, we made our way to the RAAF Amberley Air Base’s Aviation Heritage Centre, which had been opened especially for our visit. It was most interesting and enjoyed by all.

Our annual mini expo event, held in July, was well attended. There were a number of new stalls and a record amount was raised on the day.

In September, we hosted a Vintage High Tea and Fashion Parade at Ormiston House. This elegant venue lent itself to the ‘vintage’ theme of the day and our Auxiliary members and guests dressed for the occasion. A local group, ‘The Jeannies’, entertained us with a parade which showed fashion through the ages, starting with the 1920s and finishing with some current day pieces.

Thanks to the generous donations of all of our supporters, we were able to purchase a bladder scanner for the Day Surgery Unit and assist with the purchase of a Billicare System used for non-invasive testing of bilirubin levels in babies (bilirubin can cause jaundice).

The Auxiliary would like to thank our very supportive friends for attending our events and our donors for supporting our fundraising efforts.

We look forward the remainder of this year’s new and exciting events and raising funds for projects to make our already wonderful Mater Private Hospital Redland even better.

Debbie Marer

President, Mater Private Hospital Redland Auxiliary