Naponda welcomes new executive

Naponda Hospital Auxiliary volunteers at the 2022 Garden Expo at Marong Station. Photo: Annabel from Bel’s Rural Photography

Naponda Hospital Auxiliary has embarked on a new era with the welcoming of a new executive.

New president Sue Muenster, with the assistance of vice presidents Binny Whittakers and Margaret Bull, is looking forward to leading an experienced team into the future.

With new secretaries Bronwyn Chappell and Sue Monamy and treasurers Liz Dowell and Annette McCulloch, the new executive team bring diverse skills and life experiences to their new roles.

The Naponda Hospital Auxiliary’s focus is to raise funds for the Deniliquin Hospital — in a fun and friendly way for all members.

These funds are raised via the Naponda Store at 226 Cressy St and social functions.

Since its inception the Auxiliary has raised more than $1 million.

These funds have gone towards recent purchases of much-needed equipment for the hospital including, but not limited to princess chairs, a maternity bed and two cribs.

The most recent examples of this fundraising were catering at the International Women's Day Lunch at Blighty and the Marong Garden Expo, which hosted guest Sophie Thompson of ABC Gardening Australia.

To meet the official requirements as a hospital auxiliary, meetings are held for all members on a monthly basis, the fourth Wednesday of each month. New members are always welcome to join these meetings.

The Naponda Store is managed by volunteer members, many of whom also make products which are sold in the store.

The produce is proudly local and attracts visitors from across the Riverina and interstate.

Products range from baked delicacies, home-made jams, relishes, sauces and locally sourced oils and honey.

Home-sewn goods include specialist hand-knits, clothing and accessories, all made with “hearts and hands”, and are of wonderful quality.

The Naponda Auxilliary works closely with the doctors, medical staff and executives of the Deniliquin Hospital to develop an annual “wish list” of projects and equipment useful for patient care.

Items are selected from this list and funds raised so the item may be purchased.

This is very rewarding for all members as it provides a great sense of achievement knowing that patient care at the Deniliquin Hospital is supported.

The Deniliquin Community benefits from The Naponda Store — this may be as a volunteer, as a customer or as a patient at the Deniliquin Hospital using equipment purchased by funds raised from retail sales or fundraising activities.

The Naponda Store is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 3.30pm (winter hours) and Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm.

Naponda would welcome anyone wishing to become a volunteer to assist in the store. Simply pop into the Store and chat with the volunteer on duty.

The Naponda Store can be considered as a meeting place, especially if you are new to town or are newly retired or looking for a friendly, rewarding community activity in your week.

New producers and products are always welcome. Just call in and show your “product” to the management team and discuss the details of joining the Naponda Store to sell your produce.

The Farmers Market is held on the second Saturday of each month.

This market attracts stall-holders from across the region and local producers are always welcome.

With Naponda volunteers providing a great barbecue brekky, there’s always lots of chat while watching the culinary delights being created on bread generously provided by Bakers Delight.