We?re in the Pink
By ANN-MARIE MAY
PUTTING a price tag on the work of volunteers is no easy feat, but in the case of the Pink Ladies of Coffs Harbour Health Campus it would read $400,000. This is the amount of money the group has raised for the hospital since moving to its new location in December, 2001, and if president of 13 years, Helen Mears, has anything to say about it, that total will only continue to grow. "The hospital will always need us. There is no end to the work we do. At last headcount we had 65 volunteers and the enthusiasm among us is far from dying," Ms Mears said. Ms Mears said the bulk of the fundraising comes from the Pink Ladies-run coffee shop and is topped up by the gift and flower shop. Their latest donation this week of $71,000 had the hospital's general manager, Margaret Bennett, singing the group's praises to anyone who would listen. "This donation has enabled North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) to purchase a range of equipment to assist in the care of patients in many areas of the Campus," Ms Bennett said. Purchases included a bladder scanner for the Surgical Ward, trolleys for the Emergency Department, and epidural infusion pumps to better manage patient's post-operative pain. In acknowledging this latest donation, Ms Bennett recognised the tremendous commitment and energy of the Pink Ladies and the great contribution they continue to make to the care of patients. NCAHS chief executive Chris Crawford is also full of praise. "This fundraising result is fantastic and is typical of the tremendous support we receive from our communities. I congratulate all the Pink Ladies at Coffs Harbour on their hard work and dedication to our patients."