Shirley Williamson was awarded the Hospital Auxiliary Lifetime Membership Award and the Lifetime Membership Award from the United Hospital Auxiliary of NSW, a tremendous achievement from a member of our community.
Born and raised in Yass, Shirley joined the Hospital Auxiliary in 1976, with the passion to make a difference to her community and local hospital.
“What really got me in was a dear old lady that I knew; she took me to one of the meetings. I sat listening to these inspirational stories and just knew that there was so much that needed to be done, and I desperately wanted to help,” she told the Tribune from her Adele Street home.
Shirley describes that the most rewarding part of her work with the auxiliary is providing
the comfort and resources to patients at the hospital.
“We spend a lot of time raising funds through street stalls, raffles and community events.
Before the legislation on insurance changed, there were even fetes outside the Yass Hospital.”
“It is great knowing that equipment that the hospital needs is being provided by our charity.”
“Back when I started, there were large numbers of memberships, but today it has fallen off a bit. We work with numerous members of combined hospital auxiliaries, where everyone believes in getting in to get the job done.”
One of the biggest undertakings is doing the Melbourne Cup luncheons.
“We were absolutely amazed by the level of support from the local community,” she said of the event.
President Larraine Healy describes Shirley as very likeable and hardworking.
“She steps up at any time that we need her, and she is a well deserved recipient of the award.”
Reminiscing about her time with the Hospital Auxiliary, she describes the most hair-raising experience in 2003, where they did the first of many catering events for the Rebel bikie gang’s annual fun-run.
The fun-run involved a ride from Sydney to their clubhouse in Yass.
“It was definitely an interesting experience, all the waitresses were topless and only had little g-strings on,” she laughed.
“But they were such gentlemen, the men would cook the food and we would just serve it to the waitresses. This event raised the most amount of money for the year; $4000 the first year.”
If you would like to get involved in the Hospital Auxiliary or further information on upcoming events, you can contact the secretary Valree Jewel on 6226 1061.
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