Port Macquarie’s hard working Pink Ladies have won the right to host the United Hospital Auxiliaries (UHA) of NSW’s 86th state conference next year.
Their successful bid was announced at the UHA state conference in Sydney.
Port Macquarie Pink Ladies president Gabby Gregory said the volunteers were thrilled to have put together a competitive bid that will bring to Port Macquarie more than 250 people representing the state’s 193 auxiliaries.
“Not only do we get the chance to showcase Port Macquarie to our conference delegates next year, but we also had the chance to present a sneak preview of our beautiful region to last week’s conference delegates thanks to a fantastic video package put together by Greater Port Macquarie Tourism Association,” Mrs Gregory said.
“The association’s president Janette Hyde was instrumental in helping us prepare our bid, so we can’t thank her enough.”
The conference will be held next October at Panthers Port Macquarie, and has the potential to inject many tens of thousands of dollars into the local economy, particularly if delegates and their partners decide to stay longer than the three days set aside for UHA business.
“Conferencing is really important to our overall economy,” said the tourism association’s president.
“Greater Port Macquarie Tourism is delighted that the Pink Ladies have chosen our region to host UHA State Conference in 2019.
“We really encourage business tourism because it is significant for any economy as, aside from the actual conference, many delegates decide to come back and have a holiday,” Ms Hyde said.
The organisation’s North Eastern Zone Representative, Dee Hunter, was among the first to congratulate the Port Macquarie Pink Ladies.
“I am so excited for them and for the UHA North East region. This was a quality bid and, although it means a lot of hard work in the lead up to next year’s event, I know they will deliver a memorable conference for our delegates,” Ms Hunter said.
The UHA is the major supporter of public hospitals and community health facilities throughout NSW.
Since 1933, the UHA volunteers (also known as Pink Ladies), have assisted the welfare of patients and staff. They are also prolific fundraisers through their raffles, cafes and gift shops, donating more than $450,000 in equipment and more than 101,000 volunteer hours to public hospitals and community health centres on the Mid North Coast last financial year.
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