Quiet achievers who have raised millions for our hospital

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The moment former Mayor, the late Paul Hawker, retired from Campbelltown Council, he volunteered more of his time to the Campbelltown Hospital Auxiliary.

He eventually ended up accepting the role of president, serving in that capacity before and during the Covid pandemic.

His wife, Sigrid, was secretary at that time.

In 2021 he was diagnosed with cancer and both he and Sigrid stood down.

Together, the couple fought the good fight, but eventually Paul Hawker sadly succumbed to the cancer.

Now, as the Campbelltown Hospital Auxiliary celebrates its 70th year, Sigrid Hawker is back serving this wonderful community – currently as president.

Over the years several million dollars have been raised for the hospital by the auxiliary.

“In 2024 we plan to donate items to the value of around $50,000,’’ says Sigrid.

A low key garden party will be held this Wednesday, April 10, to celebrate the auxiliary’s 70th year milestone – and then it’s back to fundraising.

According to the auxiliary records, on November 17, 1953 a public meeting took place in Campbelltown to form an auxiliary and it was moved that it be known as Campbelltown branch of United Hospital Auxiliary.

The very first meeting of the auxiliary was held in the Campbelltown Town Hall on January 18, 1954

Following 23 years of lobbying, planning and fund raising by the auxiliary, Campbelltown Hospital was finally officially opened on October 4, 1977.

The Campbelltown Hospital Auxiliary is a branch of NSW Hospital Auxiliaries Inc and currently consists of around 50 volunteers who sew, knit, crochet, cook, run a gift shop in the hospital, market stalls, and from time to time, stalls in local shopping centres in order to raise much needed funds to improve comfort for patients and staff at Campbelltown Hospital.

The auxiliary is generously supported by numerous local residents who make and donate items to sell in our gift store and our market stall.

“The auxiliary is always keen to welcome new members who would like to use their skills and join our happy band of volunteers,’’ says Sigrid Hawker.

“We meet formally once a month in the hospital and also plan some social outings for members.

“We always welcome donations of quality baby and children’s wear, rugs, craft items to stock our gift shop.

“Check out our Facebook page for upcoming events and activities. We can be contacted via our Facebook page for further information.’’

TOP: Olena, Joan and Sigrid at the UHA state conference in Newcastle in October last year. ABOVE: Sandra, Linda and Kay at the White Elephant Stall. ABOVE RIGHT: Judy, Kim and Anita grow plants to sell at the monthly stall. These prove very popular. Joyce and Elaine in the Gift Store.

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