Lions pride of Coffs Health Campus

The hard-working volunteers of the Lions Club of Woolgoolga returned to Coffs Harbour Health Campus this week to present almost $20,000 in medical equipment and patient comfort items to the hospital’s Paediatric and Renal units.

Long-time supporters of the hospital and its patients, the Lions presented a vital signs monitor to the Renal Unit as well as a vital signs monitor, paediatric cot and two sofa beds to the Paediatric Unit. The sofas will provide parents with a comfortable place to sleep should they want to stay with their child in hospital.

The donation amounted to an impressive $18,407.66.

President Mike Mellefont said the club had a proud history of supporting worthy local projects thanks to a dedicated band of Lions who volunteer at the waste transfer station on behalf of Coffs Harbour City Council.

“It’s quite a commitment because the Woolgoolga Waste Transfer Station is open every weekend,” Mr Mellefont said.

“We couldn’t make donations such as this without the army of volunteers – Lions members and community volunteers, who help us throughout the year.

“It’s a huge effort but it delivers enormous satisfaction when we can help local patients at our very own Coffs Harbour hospital.”

Paediatric Nursing Unit Manager Kate Connell said the Woolgoola Lions Club members were tremendous supporters of the unit, its young patients and their families.

“We are so very thankful for the support we receive. Every donation makes a difference, and the Lions keep returning to help us to better care for our youngsters.”

Renal Nursing Unit Manager Warren Sydenham was also grateful for the support.

“It is fantastic that we can replace one of our older blood pressure machines with the Lions’ donation. This new machine does all patient observations – blood pressure, temperature and oxygen saturation, which helps us to provide safe dialysis,” Mr Sydenham said.

Anyone wanting to join the Woolgoolga Lions Club, or volunteer their time on the waste transfer roster, can send an email to