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The President of Coffs Harbour Pink Ladies, Helen Mears, has been named a finalist in the 2021 NSW Health Awards in the Volunteer of the Year category.

Breaking news: Helen named state finalist

May 10, 2022

The 2021 NSW Health Awards will be held next week, and the Mid North Coast Local Health District will be cheering on Helen Mears, who was named today as a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category.

The award recognises the significant contribution of an individual to volunteering in NSW Health. It is a significant honour being named a finalist as nominations are submitted from throughout New South Wales.

Helen Mears, who President of the Coffs Harbour Pink Ladies, has been a United Hospital Auxiliary (UHA) volunteer at Coffs Harbour Health Campus (CHHC) for approximately 40 years.

She has been President of the local UHA group, affectionately known as the Pink Ladies, for more than 30 years.

The Pink Ladies, under Helen’s leadership, have raised more than $3 million for the hospital.

She has tirelessly fundraised for medical equipment, staffed the hospital’s cafe and gift shop which generate the funds for donations, and recruited, managed and inspired countless volunteers throughout her tenure at Coffs Harbour Hospital.

Every staff member at the health campus would say Helen’s contribution to the hospital can be solidly regarded as an “above and beyond” commitment.

Her service is unparalleled at CHHC, making her an extremely special volunteer.

You can view a video of Helen talking about the honour of being named a finalist on the NSW Health Awards website.

The other finalists are Rhonda Crowe of South East Regional Hospital and Mary Vincent of the Western Sydney LHD Palliative Care Service.

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