The dedicated volunteers who devote many hours to supporting the Whyalla Hospital were recently treated to a Christmas Lunch where they received service badges in recognition of their efforts.
There are currently five volunteer organisations which opearte through the hospital, which include the Whyalla Hospital Auxiliary, Heartbeat, Hair to Help Wig Library, Cancer Resource Centre and Oronga Lifestyle Centre.
The Whyalla Hospital recognises their volunteers for their service and awards service badges and certificates after 5 years of service and every 5 years thereafter.
Those who have racked up 20 and 25 years of service received their awards at the lunch, including:
20 Years' service - Anne Armstrong - commenced in 2001.
- Is the Current secretary of the Whyalla Hospital Auxiliary
- Has always volunteered her time working in the Hospital Kiosk, is still a current kiosk volunteer
25 Years' service - Ann Rodgers - commenced in 1996.
- Previous Whyalla Hospital Auxiliary treasurer
- Volunteers her time knitting crafts and attends weekly on Wednesday to the Auxiliary craft room at the hospital
25 Years' service - Muryelle Rosalia - commenced in 1996.
- She has been a previous president of the Whyalla Hospital Auxiliary
- Is known for her wonderful crocheting
- Attends weekly on Wednesday to the Auxiliary craft room at the hospital
Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network (FUNLHN) Governing Board Chair Mark Whitfield presented the service badges on the day.
"There are certain milestones that we wanted to recognise, they tend to be the focus of the awards at the Christmas Lunch," he said.
"We have a huge number of volunteers who have put in very long service ... there's the Cancer Wellness Support Group along with the Cancer Centre who support cancer patients and Heartbeat who do exclusively fundraising.
"The Hospital Auxillary run the kiosk and craft groups, Oronga Day Centre support senior citizens with day activities, and the wig library also support people losing their hair through chemotherapy."
Mr Whitfield said there were around 10-11 volunteers who have over 20 years of service, making them a huge asset for the community.
"With 60 odd volunteers we're not wearing the same people out, and gives people an opportunity to get involved in their community, particularly those around retirement age,' he said.
"My sincere thanks to the volunteers ... we really can't thank them enough."