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Thank You celebration honours hospital volunteers

December 7, 2012

Thank You celebration honours hospital volunteers Back row left, Eye and Ear staff member Margaret Dishon with volunteer Gim Swee Ow. Front row from left, volunteers Leonie Shevlin, Sophie Wong and Brenda Nowlan
The Eye and Ear honoured its volunteers and fundraisers yesterday at the annual Volunteer Thank You Luncheon, held at the hospital's Lucy Jones Hall. Staff, volunteers, community groups and Auxiliary members joined the executive team and CEO Ann Clark for a Christmas-themed lunch and presentation of annual recognition awards.

Among this year's recipients were Daphne Omar, for 10 years of service to the hospital and Josie Hubbard, for 15 years as a hospital volunteer. Evelyn Russell was also honoured on the day, for 40 years of dedicated service, during which time Evelyn continually raised funds on the hospital's behalf.

Eye and Ear CEO, Ann Clark says the hospital is incredibly fortunate to have so many members of the community willing to donate their time to the hospital.    
 
“We are incredibly grateful to those who generously volunteer their time and effort to the hospital. Charity comes in many forms, be it a donation of funds, equipment, materials or many hours of someone's spare time. Each act of generosity is equally important to our ability to serve the Victorian community to the highest possible standards, Ms Clark said.

“Our annual Thank You Luncheon is about recognising the contribution and achievements of our amazing group of volunteers and supporters.

Eye and Ear patients, who have become advocates for the hospital following treatment, were also in attendance. Former patient Tamar Black presented a cheque for $11,000 to Dr David Szmulewicz, with the funds helping to build an educational resource for Eye and Ear patients. Since undergoing successful treatment for a debilitating inner ear condition, Tamar has been tirelessly fundraising on behalf of the hospital within her community.

Sandra King and daughter Lily, a cochlear implant recipient, also attended the celebrations. Sandra recently donated $400 worth of toys to the Eye and Ear's cochlear clinic.

“Our patients know better than anyone the important role this hospital plays in helping them achieve the best quality of life possible, and they can be some of our strongest advocates.

“Their generosity in sharing personal stories, fundraising and donations to the hospital are a testament to their generous natures and the importance of ongoing community support, said Ms Clark.

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