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four women dressed in Christmas outfits

Nambucca UHA Volunteers Kayleen Mallard, Margaret Fitch, Bonny Forbes and Debbie Stirling went above and beyond in the best-dressed competition.

Bingo! UHA party gets the numbers

Dec 14, 2021

Nambucca United Hospital Auxiliary (UHA) members attended their Christmas luncheon at Nambucca RSL Club today, in a celebration of friendship and their remarkable support of Macksville District Hospital.

The volunteers host the highly successful UHA Bingo at the club every Wednesday, raising thousands of dollars to purchase medical equipment and patient comfort items every year for their beloved hospital.

The luncheon attracted 40 UHA members and bingo supporters, including an array of colourfully dressed Christmas characters, as well the UHA’s North Eastern Regional Representative, Dee Hunter, and Mid North Coast Local Health District representative, Sharon Fuller.

The group’s president, Michelle O’Keefe, thanked her committee for their hard work during 2021.

“Without you, we simply couldn’t do what we do. The effort you make is amazing. Thank you. I love you all to bits,” Ms O’Keefe said.

“And thank you to our bingo patrons for buying tickets. The funds raised go to the hospital to purchase equipment such as a $13,000 trauma bed [expected to arrive later this month] and a $7500 portable, high-resolution monitor used for endoscopes. Without the bingo and the raffles, none of this could be bought for the hospital.”

Ms O’keefe also expressed her gratitude to Nambucca RSL Club.

“The club and staff do a lot for us; a lot of behind-the-scenes things. The club is fantastic.”

Mrs Fuller and Ms Hunter also took the opportunity to thank the UHA branch and its supporters for their hard work and commitment.

“Macksville Hospital is so grateful for everything you do to support our patients and staff,” Mrs Fuller said.

“Your hard work is absolutely appreciated, and it makes a difference.”

Ms Hunter thanked Michelle for taking on the role of president this year, and thanked her predecessor Maureen Novis, as well as other members of the executive committee, including long-standing treasurer Keith Parkin.

For more images from the Nambucca UHA Christmas party, click on the photo below and scroll through the images.

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