Auxiliary members from all over NSW came together to hear from key speakers, to network and celebrate the great contribution their many hours of volunteering and fundraising make to hospitals throughout the state.
In the 2016/17 financial year alone, the NSW UHA donated over $5.5 million worth of items to their local hospitals, and the volunteer hours worked amounted to the equivalent of 540 full time staff.
Tweed Heads Auxiliary President Annette Alexander said hosting the conference in this region was a wonderful experience for her and her branch.
“It was hard work, however the hard work has been worth it, and it’s been great to welcome the wonderful members of the UHA,” Annette said.
“All the Tweed members enjoyed assisting with the hosting of the Conference.”
The Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah Auxiliaries started their campaign to secure the conference in the Tweed region around 4 years ago, with the conference being held in a regional location every second year.
“The Tweed UHA worked so hard for this conference, with the help of the Murwillumbah UHA and their president Val Foster,” Tweed Heads Auxiliary Treasurer and Deputy North Coast Regional Representative, Jennifer McKellar, said.
“It’s absolutely fabulous for our members, and although we have 140 members, they don’t always have the opportunity to go to a state conference.”
UHA Patron, Linda Hurley captivated the crowd on Thursday performing a song written specially for the event.
10 members were honoured with Life Membership at the conference, including Byron Bay Hospital Auxiliary President Mollie Strong and Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary Vice President Joan McKenzie.