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A tribute to Aline Darke

March 11, 2014

A tribute to Aline Darke Executive Council of Auxiliaries 1995, Aline Darke is fourth from the left.

The Board, Senior Medical Staff, Executive, and all staff of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital express their deep sadness at the passing of Mrs Aline Darke OAM.

Aline was a much loved supporter and volunteer of the hospital for many decades, and was instrumental in raising vital funds for the Eye and Ear Hospital.

Aline was elected President of the hospital’s Executive Council of Auxiliaries in 1980, after ten years of service.  She was President from 1980–1992 and 1995 – December 2001 when the Auxiliaries were renamed ‘Friends of the Eye and Ear.’

During her time as President, the Auxiliaries raised more than $7 million for the hospital, including $1 million to equip the new Smorgon Family Wing. Funds were also used to equip the new Day Surgery Unit, refurbish the Basement Operating Theatre Suite, provide single special care rooms for the Eighth Floor ward and to support the peri-operative area, Balance Disorder Clinic and purchase of the argon laser.

In December 2011 Aline presented $3 million towards the hospital's planned future redevelopment.

When the Eye and Ear was awarded a 5 year award of excellence by the ACHS in 1992, the Auxiliary was especially commended for its fundraising and service activities.

Ann Clark, CEO of the Eye and Ear, says Aline’s hard work, dedication and commitment to the hospital will never be forgotten and the hospital is truly grateful for her enormous contribution over the decades.

“On behalf of the Eye and Ear, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Aline’s friends and family, Aline’s name will always remain synonymous with the hospital’s Auxiliary.”