MINDEMOYA – Despite inclement weather conditions, the Mindemoya Community Centre was filled with shoppers and vendors for the annual Christmas lunch, bazaar and bake sale put on by the Mindemoya Hospital Auxiliary Inc.
“Good morning and welcome to the Mindemoya Hospital auxiliary annual Christmas lunch, bazaar and bake sale,” said Judy MacKenzie, president of the hospital auxiliary at the opening of the event held earlier this month. Proceeds raised from the day’s events, such as the luncheon, bake sale table and raffle, will all going back to the auxiliary to assist the Mindemoya hospital.
“It has been a busy year, with this being the 50th anniversary of the hospital auxiliary,” said Ms. MacKenzie. She explained, “we have made a donation of $28,350 to the Mindemoya Hospital to renovate the chemotherapy room and money for needed equipment. We will be fundraising for the expansion of the hospital.”
Over the past year the hospital auxiliary has donated $38,905 towards the hospice room; $1,524 for the standard cart for isolation; $7,100 for three nursing carts; $1,200 for IV triple pumps; $3,600 toward a vital signs machine; $28,350 for renovations to the chemotherapy room and $8,575.50 from proceeds raised from the Tour de Meldrum—spearheaded annually by Dale Scott.
As it does every year, the hospital auxiliary also paid for cable and headphones for television in patients’ rooms, emergency care bags for patients, tray favours for special days, provided six $500 bursaries to Manitoulin Secondary School students, provided a gift of a quilt and bib for the first baby born in the New Year, held a spring and fall fundraising luncheon, bazaar and bake sale, a fundraising raffle and have a showcase window in the hospital with goods for purchase.