Over the past year, the St. Catharines General Auxiliary, Canada’s oldest hospital auxiliary, has raised more than $30,000 to purchase a new bariatric bed for the Medical Unit thanks to the dedication from the volunteers on the Bingo Team.
The team of energetic, popular volunteers hosted bingo games at a local hall every other week with the goal of raising funds for hospital equipment. Bariatric equipment is specially designed for patients that exceed 500 pounds to ensure their safety, independence and dignity. The patient population needing this type of expensive, yet vital equipment has increased across the province over the past several years. The funds raised for the new bed is just one example of the invaluable contribution the St. Catharines Auxiliary members make to patients and families each day through the dedicated giving of their talents and energy.
The St. Catharines General Hospital Auxiliary
The St. Catharines General Hospital Auxiliary was formed in 1865. In the early days, not only did Auxilians can fruit for the hospital kitchen, but assisted in identifying patients in St. Catharines who were in need of hospital care, but couldn’t afford it.
Today, the main goal of the Auxiliary focuses on fundraising. Through the hospital stores, vendors program, and sales of all sorts, just to name a few, the Auxiliary has raised funds to purchase hospital equipment. Records show that from 1946 to 2005, over $4 million has been raised.
The Auxiliary plays a very important role in the day-to-day activities within the hospital. Not only are they busy raising funds but many volunteer in patient care as well. On different days of the week, you will find the sewing group, flower ladies and knitting group working in the Auxiliary activity room. The Auxiliary members wear their smocks with pride throughout the hospital.