They need your help: June and Bill Crump with one of the donated blankets from the hospital auxiliary
They need your help: June and Bill Crump with one of the donated blankets from the hospital auxiliary

Dalby’s hospital auxiliary on its last leg

AN ORGANISATION that has raised thousands of dollars for the community throughout two decades is facing closure unless it can wrangle up new members by the end of the month.

For more than 20 years the Dalby Hospital auxiliary and its volunteers has contributed countless hours into the community from pie drives, cake stalls and sock drives to raise money for the hospital.

All of that could become history if new blood doesn’t come through, according to committee member June Crump.

“A lot of us are getting that little bit too old” Mrs Crump said.

“We all still really enjoy being a part of it, but it seems that over the last few years, the members that we have lost, just haven’t been replaced.”

With only eight members left, the group is struggling to find fresh new ideas to raise money.

“If we could bump it up to 10 members that would be great,” Mrs Crump said.

As treasurer of the committee, Mrs Crump said the break in at the needle exchange has been difficult to recover from.

“We had a fundraiser not too long ago, it didn’t do very well simply because so many of us are getting too old to be sitting outside in the heat or going to events and getting donations from there,” she said.

While many businesses across town have contributed to the fund throughout the years, Mrs Crump does not wish to rely on them.

“Big W were a big help in terms of sourcing stuff for the kids goodie bags, they helped us out a lot.

“We are so grateful for every business that has helped us, we understand that everyone has a lot going on financially and we don’t want to put anyone under pressure”

The auxiliary group meet on the last Monday of every month.

“It is free to join, we do have some good fun when we get together.

“We would love if some fresh retirees, who are looking to stay busy could come along and contribute some ideas”

For those who wish the attend the next meeting is at 1pm on Febuary 17 at the Kerengal.


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