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Volunteers enjoy well-deserved lunch

Thursday, 15th May, 2014

Barry Powell tucks into a barbecue lunch. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Barry Powell tucks into a barbecue lunch. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

The Far West Local Health District took time out yesterday to recognise the contribution of all their volunteers.

A luncheon was held as part of National Volunteer Week.

FWLHD Volunteer Manager, Mary Leehane, said the week was an opportune time to highlight the appreciation the health service has for its volunteers and the vital role they play in providing a better level of care to patients.

“We wish to show our sincere appreciation of the contribution made by our many volunteers,” Mrs Leehane said.

“This is just a really small token of our appreciation.

“All our volunteers do so much it is beyond thanking so this is our small way of giving thanks.”

Mrs Leehane said it was nice to get all the volunteers together.

“Across the district there are 200 volunteers. In the Broken Hill Hospital kiosk there are 72 volunteers,” she said.

“We have a number of other areas where people volunteer including the mental health program, the Health Council, support groups, clubs, and Telecross.

“It is fabulous all the work they do.”

During the luncheon, the BH Kiosk Auxiliary President Betty Sammut and Treasurer Stephen Bennetts presented a cheque from the first half of its

Major Project contribution effort to the BH Health Service’s General Manager, Jane Corcoran.

The Auxiliary had decided that all money raised this year will go towards replacing and upgrading a patient clinical monitoring system for the hospital at a total cost of $165,000.

The Auxiliary voted to support one hospital project instead of the usual practice of buying a variety of items chosen from the hospital’s wish list.

Ms Corcoran said without the kiosk’s contribution the hospital wouldn’t be able to achieve so much.

“It’s incredible the commitment on behalf of the Auxiliary,” she said.

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