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1980's - Onwards and Upwards

Since the beginning of the AWA fifty years ago, the Auxiliary has contributed over $250,000 to the Hospital. By 1989, one-third of all AWA members are Permanent Residents - this is a real reflection of the influence and respect the AWA has built in the wider Melbourne community.

The 1980s saw an expansion of the AWA's social activities - bazaars, fetes, luncheons, mom and tots, fashion events. The annual Gala Ball. All these events attracted fantastic public relations coverage for the AWA and raised critical funds.

The list of equipment purchased by the AWA is now impressive and includes a cardio-respiratory monitor for the neo-natal unit, a mobile X-ray machine, and a Hydraulic Burn Bath valued at $100,000.