Hospital auxiliary continues support throughout pandemic

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It seems it will take more than a pandemic to keep the 34 members of the Kincardine hospital auxiliary from supporting the hospital.

The group has been faced with many hurdles during the COVID outbreak, seeing most of its events cancelled and fundraising efforts put on hold.

In spite of restrictions limiting gathering, the organization has continued to conduct business by email, phone and Zoom meetings.

Wilma Manary serves as treasurer for the auxiliary, and says that even with so many events cancelled, a generous community still donates.

“We have been chosen by a large organization to receive some funding and we received a very nice donation from them early in the year,” said Manary.

Manary said the art easel auction the auxiliary runs each month provides a portion of the revenue generated from the sale of the pieces. The framed pieces are currently on display at the hospital and at Rona.

Three significant fundraisers, the May geranium sale, wheelbarrow of wine raffle, tag days, gift shop Christmas boutique and bake sale were all cancelled. Manary said many of the geranium sale customers were extremely generous and made donations even though the sale was cancelled. Kincardine Canadian Tire also stepped in and provided a donation from the sale of geraniums at its location during a one-week period in June.

During the summer, members Nancy Potter, Tracy Robinson and some gift shop volunteers set up a booth on Queen Street, which was quite successful.

The Lifters Jazz Band hosted a dinner and concert in February and donated the proceeds from the event to the auxiliary, and 100peoplewhoshare chose the auxiliary as the recipient of its July donation, $9,300.

This past year, the auxiliary managed to raise $35,000, which has been donated to the hospital foundation to pay for a spirometry machine. The auxiliary has committed to funding the purchase of the machine, valued at $60,000, over a two-year period.

Manary says memorial donations continue to come in, as well as donations from members of the community. She is hopeful they can return to holding their events in 2021, but of course, it all depends on the recommendations from public health.

Tammy Lindsay, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent