Willaura Auxiliary president steps down after 10 years

The Willaura Healthcare Auxiliary has a new president, with Ruth Gellert taking over the position from Judy Paterson, who has stepped down after more than 10 years leading the Auxiliary.

Ruth will be supported by Jan Laidlaw as secretary and Mandy Heard as treasurer, who are continuing in their roles.

In the past year, the Willaura Auxiliary has donated $36,720 to the Willaura Healthcare campus.

This has included a $20,000 contribution towards the refurbishment of Parkland House Hostel living and kitchen areas.

Fundraising events have included the Willaura Healthcare Outdoor Market, catering for ram and bull sales, morning tea catering for the Grampians ‘Ride to Remember’, and a sale of excess hospital items at a car boot sale.

In addition, Auxiliary members have financially assisted residents on outings and activities and provide afternoon tea to the residents in the hostel.

“It has been a pleasure and rewarding as president of our Auxiliary for these past few years,” Judy said.

“Regarding the market, I have to single out the astonishing amount of work that Jane Millear has put in to this event, her dedication has been nothing but extraordinary. Our Auxiliary has now contributed around $90,000 to the Willaura healthcare campus since the market started 13 years ago.”

Judy thanked Jan and Mandy for their assistance and keeping the Auxiliary running smoothly and said the Auxiliary had also enjoyed taking part in other activities and attending other EGHS auxiliary functions to help them out.

“It is especially pleasing to see some improvements in Parkland House for the residents,” Judy said.

Pictured L-R, members of the Willaura Healthcare Auxiliary, Val Albert, secretary Jan Laidlaw, Heather Fleming, outgoing president Judy Paterson, new president Ruth Gellert, Jane Millear, Adele Coutts, Phyl McInnis and Sue Coutts