Three elderly ladies standing in the sunshine, one holds a certificate.

December 2014: Port Macquarie Pink Ladies' newest UHA Life Member, Freda Weidenbohm (centre) with fellow Life Members Jan Maskill and Elaine Minturn. The trio had amassed 130 years of service as hospital volunteers at the time the photo was taken.

Legacy of compassion to patients and dedication to Pink Ladies

Jul 11, 2024

Port Macquarie Base Hospital and the Pink Ladies community are mourning the loss of Freda Weidenbohm, who passed away after 49 years of dedicated service as a Pink Lady volunteer. A celebration of her life and contributions will be held on Friday, July 12th at Innes Gardens at 10am.

Freda began her journey as a volunteer in the 1960s with the Port Macquarie Pink Ladies, demonstrating unwavering commitment to the hospital community. She played a pivotal role in the transfer of patients from Hastings District Hospital to Port Macquarie Base Hospital in  1994 and brought joy to countless patients during her time on the wards. Her compassionate efforts extended into the hydrotherapy pool, where she assisted stroke patients, providing not only physical aid but also emotional support.

Within the Pink Ladies branch, Freda’s leadership was distinguished. She served as Roster Clerk from 1987 to 1991, President in 1992, 1993, and 1994, and Secretary from 1995 to 1998. Her contributions were highly esteemed, earning her Life Memberships at both the branch level in 2005 and the state level in 2014. In 2010, she was honoured with the role of Branch Patron, a testament to her dedication and influence.

Freda was a fervent advocate for volunteering, believing deeply in its transformative power to make a positive difference in communities.

Her own words, “I have enjoyed every minute of it. I hope I have done some good, it certainly has done me good,” encapsulate her selfless spirit and the fulfillment she found in service.

Gabby Gregory, President of the Port Macquarie Pink Ladies, described Freda as leaving behind a legacy of compassion, dedication, and camaraderie.

“Her 49 years as a Pink Lady stand as a testament to the profound impact one individual can have on the lives of so many,” Ms Gregory said.

“To Freda, volunteering was not merely a duty but a privilege and a joy—a sentiment that resonates deeply with all who had the pleasure of knowing her.”

Freda will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of working alongside her in service to others.

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