The Lions Club of Wauchope has donated more than $13,500 worth of medical equipment to Wauchope District Memorial Hospital.
The gift includes an ophthalmoscope, used to examine eyes, for the hospital’s Urgent Care Centre and a specialised lifting chair for the Rehabilitation Unit.
The donation included $7019.51 from the local Lions and a further $6500 from the Lions Clubs NSW-ACT Public Health Care Foundation.
Acting Director of Nursing/Executive Officer Helen Byrnes gratefully accepted the gift on behalf of the hospital’s patients.
“Our local Lions Club is always ready and willing to help,” Ms Byrnes said.
“They have a long history of supporting this wonderful hospital and for that we are all very grateful.
“This equipment will assist staff to better support patients who need our care.
“We can’t thank the Lions enough. We know it’s hard work raising funds for donations such as this. It’s not simply a matter of handing over a cheque.
“Countless hours go into preparing fundraisers and selling raffle tickets, so to every Lion who worked hard to achieve this donation, we say thank you.
“We also thank the Wauchope community for once again supporting a fundraiser that delivers real benefits to our patients, and to the Lions Foundation for providing the local club with a substantial grant to help them achieve this donation,” Ms Byrnes said.
Club secretary Jim Munro said the community trusted the Lions because of their history in supporting worthy charities and causes, and because every dollar raised went to the nominated cause.
“This donation is particularly special for our members because we know it will help our local hospital and local patients,” Mr Munro said.
“It simply would not have been possible without the support of the Wauchope community and without the support of our Foundation.”