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New life governors

  • Warrnambool Base Hospital
  • Volunteers
  • SWH Woolsthorpe Auxiliary
  • Macarthur Community Health
  • Fundraising
  • Donations
Friday, 01 Dec 2023

A total 67 years of voluntarily fundraising for our Warrnambool Base Hospital has led to four remarkable women being honoured at our 169th Annual General Meeting.

Announcing life governorships for Woolsthorpe Auxiliary members Barb Draffen, Marg Draffen, Wendy Howlett and Virginia Marshall, SWH Board chair Bernadette Northeast told AGM guests the leadership and dedication of these volunteers has allowed SWH to purchase medical equipment to improve our patients’ experience and health outcomes.

‘The highest possible award that can be issued by South West Healthcare is that of life governorship. This is an award bestowed on people who have given an outstanding contribution over a prolonged period of time,’ Bernadette explained, before calling each recipient forward as the following information was shared about each:

BARB DRAFFEN joined the auxiliary in 2001 and has been treasurer for the past 16 years. A driving force of the group’s stall at Warrnambool’s Friday Summer Markets since 2011, this initiative’s raised $27,500 from the sale of preloved books. She’s also been heavily involved in the auxiliary’s catering at quarantine station Winberack where, over three years, $65,000 was raised by supplying morning tea and lunch for the workers there.

MARG DRAFFEN joined the auxiliary in 2005 and has been assistant treasurer since 2007. A willing volunteer at catering functions, she generously donates and prepares food. She’s always the first to put her hand up to cook at the fundraising Bunnings BBQs which are rostered at least twice a year. Like Barb, she was also heavily involved in the catering at Winberack.

WENDY HOWLETT joined the auxiliary in 2009 and served as president from 2014–18. A very willing helper, she works hard at every fundraising occasion and donates food for every catering event. She, too, was heavily involved with the Winberack catering, and always volunteers at both the Bunnings BBQS and the preloved book stalls.

VIRGINIA MARSHALL became an auxiliary member in 2010 and plays a very active role. Revered for her expertise in food (especially slices), she donates food and works at many different functions. Also heavily involved with the Winberack catering, she rarely misses a fundraising event.

You can find the full list of our life governors here.

During the AGM, a fifth volunteer was deservedly recognised for his outstanding five-year contribution to our Telecare service at Macarthur Community Health. ERNIE PIMBLETT received a Certificate of Appreciation for his commitment to helping keep rurally-isolated locals socially engaged. Known for his strong community spirit, Ernie’s dedication and reliability has made a significant impact on the Macarthur community, especially during the pandemic.

In addition to his Telecare role, he’s also an essential member of our Volunteer Driving Team at Macarthur Community Health, transporting clients to appointments throughout the shire, and beyond. Ernie’s contributions have greatly enhanced the care and wellbeing of our Macarthur community, ensuring local residents receive the support they need.

PHOTO: SWH CEO Craig Fraser, Barb Draffen (from left), Wendy Howlett, Marg Draffen, Virginia Marshall and SWH Board chair Bernadette Northeast.

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