21 March 2019
It will be my great pleasure next Thursday, 28 March, to attend the Sandringham Hospital’s annual Lunch by the Bay, hosted at the Sandringham Yacht Club.
Over the past three years this now annual event has raised almost $70 000.
It is hoped that funds raised through this event and events such as the biennial 24-hour charity bike ride will enable the Sandringham Hospital to purchase specialised surgical equipment required for the treatment of cataracts.
I would therefore like to thank the many people who have worked to help make these initiatives possible, especially Judy Reeves, the Sandringham Hospital’s director of nursing, and Cathy Howard, her personal assistant; Kerry Stratford, the hospital fundraising officer; volunteers Jan Spooner, Phillipa Quigley and Joan Van Den Dungen; and Alistair Murray, convenor of the aforementioned 24-hour charity bike ride.
In this spirit I would also like to thank Graham Ludecke, branch manager Matthew Gallop and the team at the Sandringham Community Bank for their efforts in helping to fund the recent construction of the appropriately titled Sandringham Community Bank Day Procedure Centre.
Graham has recently served with distinction as chair of the Sandringham Community Bank, but also, and for decades prior, serves with the Black Rock Sports Auxiliary.
I note that the auxiliary’s annual golf tournament has chipped in the great majority of funds raised for the development and maintenance of the hospital since the first golf day was held some 66 years ago in 1953.