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Project Officer Mark Tyler, Sue Kempton and May Harris from the Garden Gala Committee, President of the BowraMacksville UHA Isabelle Hooper and Manager Community and Allied Health for Macksville, Nambucca and Bowraville Andrew Bailey.

Garden Gala A blooming Success For Macksville Hospital

Feb 13, 2020

Macksville’s big day out, the Garden Gala and Markets Day, has delivered an impressive $6000 to the BowraMacksville hospital volunteers.

The donation will help the United Hospital Auxiliary (UHA) branch fund vital medical equipment and patient comfort items for the new Macksville Hospital.

BowraMacksville UHA President Isabelle Hooper said the donation was “truly wonderful”.

“We are very appreciative of the donation, and all the efforts of the Gala organisers and wider community,” she said.

“This is grass roots support, and it makes a huge difference to anyone who stays, visits or works at the hospital.”

The donation was the proceeds of the annual garden day, hosted by the Nambucca River District Agricultural Association last November.

Association stalwart and event organiser May Harris said the funds were raised through the main raffle and donation buckets at the gate.

“It was another great day with a good turnout of stallholders and lots of community support given we’d just had the bushfires,” Ms Harris said.

“So a big thank you to everyone who gave, and well done to the hospital staff who did a great job manning the buckets and selling raffle tickets.

“The event is a fantastic day that brings the valley together for the benefit of the community.

“And everyone is excited about the new hospital, which is so important for the district. We get so much support because people know that we are fundraising for equipment for it.”

The latest Garden Gala and Markets Day brings the event’s fundraising total for Macksville Hospital to more than $46,000 over the years. This year’s show will be held at the Macksville Showground on 31 October.

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