The Maryborough and Hervey Bay Hospital Auxiliaries, comprised of dedicated volunteers, are proving that a community united in compassion can positively transform the patient experience.

The auxiliaries have become renowned for their fundraising initiatives, organising a variety of events throughout the year. From Community Events to Craft and Bake stalls, these events not only bring the community together but also generate funds to support our patient services.

The funds raised by the auxiliaries are channelled into programs that positively enhance our patients’ experience during their healthcare journey. From comfort items, medical equipment or personal care items are just a few examples of the thoughtful touches that the auxiliaries bring to the hospital environment.

Why do these volunteers dedicate their time, energy, and passion to this noble cause? The answer lies in their unwavering commitment to community and empathy for those facing health challenges. Many members of the auxiliaries have personal experiences with the healthcare system, either as patients or caregivers, driving them to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

“I volunteer because I know the struggles that patients and their families face during hospital stays. If I can contribute to making that experience even slightly better, it’s worth every moment,” says Marlene Smith, a long-time volunteer with the Hervey Bay Hospital Auxiliary.

Moreover, the auxiliary volunteers act as companions to patients facing extended stays, offering not only practical support but also a friendly face and a listening ear. Their presence helps alleviate the loneliness that sometimes accompanies illness, fostering a sense of community within the hospital walls.

The impact of the Maryborough and Hervey Bay Hospital Auxiliaries extends far beyond the immediate recipients of their generosity. Their initiatives have inspired others in the community to join their cause, creating a ripple effect of kindness.

As these unsung heroes continue to work tirelessly, their story stands as a testament to the power of community-driven support. Through fundraising, volunteering, and a genuine commitment to enhancing the patient experience, the Maryborough and Hervey Bay Auxiliaries truly are an essential part of the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service team.