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Group needs a helping hand

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March 16, 2017

Small but strong: The Cobram District Health Ladies Auxiliary at their recent group meeting.

A group of women raising much-needed funds for Cobram’s health organisations needs a lending hand.

The Cobram and District Health’s Ladies Auxiliary, which was founded 69 years ago, relies on volunteer hours to raise the funds required for its annual projects.

But due to a variety of reasons, the group’s numbers have been shrinking during the past few years and the remaining members are getting concerned.

Group president Mary Powell said too much work was now being spread around too few women.

‘‘Up until now, the group has raised more than $650000, which is an incredible amount of money,’’ she said.

‘‘But quite a few of our 20 members are getting older now and we find it difficult to do some of the more physically demanding things that we were once able to do.

‘‘Although it is a ladies auxiliary, we do need some men to help us from time to time.’’

Auxiliary member Eve Hartshorne said the group was a lot of fun and a great way for recently-retired women to keep active in the community.

‘‘I have been a member now for four years and I remember the first time I had to sell raffle tickets I was terrified,’’ she said.

‘‘But once I got out there I realised how fun it was and it has remained that way ever since.

‘‘Being a part of the ladies auxiliary is work, but it is fun work.

‘‘The amount of satisfaction you can get from seeing something you have helped raise the money for in action at the hospital or dentist is incredibly rewarding.’’

The group hopes to see a good turn out to one of its three major annual fundraisers when it hosts its Cards and Games Day.

The event will be held on Thursday, March 23, at the Barooga Bowls Club at 11am.

For more information about the day or the group, contact Phyl Escott on 58734445 or Eve on 58713274.

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