What a busy past two weeks for the AWA!!!
Last week the AWA transferred to the Good Friday Appeal over $190,000,
earmarked to the Children's Bioethics Centre. The RCH, the Foundation and
the CBC are all thrilled with this result. All members of the AWA should be
truly proud of our efforts to raise these funds over the past two years!
Great job ladies!
On 25 February, the RCH held a Combined Auxiliaries Meeting. This meeting
focused on changes that will be made to the RCH Auxiliaries, including that
the Auxiliaries will become part of the RCH Foundation. The AWA supports
this change as we believe it will lead to further transparency and
oversight of the Auxiliaries' administration and governance. Also at this
meeting it was announced that Carole Lowen, the Auxiliaries President for
the past 13 ½ years, will be stepping down from her role as President at
this year's AGM. Carole has been a great supporter of the AWA over the
years and has also served on our Panel of Advisors. We will miss Carole and
are grateful for her leadership over the past 13 ½ years!
Yesterday (28 February) was a fantastic day for the AWA! Members of the AWA
attended the RCH along with our Patron, Mary Bruce Warlick, the US Consul
General for Melbourne for a tour of the RCH (including viewing some of the
equipment the AWA has purchased in the past) and an overview of the
Children's Bioethics Centre. In attendance at this event were Professor
Christine Kilpatrick (CEO of the RCH), Peter Yates (Chair of the RCH
Foundation), Sue Hunt (Executive Director of the Foundation), Dr Catherine
Lees (Director of the CBC), Dr Hugo Gold (Clinical Director of the CBC),
Carole Lowen (RCH Auxiliaries President) and Charles Mifsud (Maltese
Counsel General in Victoria) as well as members of the Pacific Command
Airforce Band and members of the AWA! After the tour we had morning tea and
the AWA was thanked by the RCH, the Foundation and the CBC for all of the
work we have done for the Hospital over the past few years and for our
ongoing association with the CBC. To end the event, we all listened to the
Pacific Air Force Band play for members of the Hospital staff, patients and
families. It was a truly wonderful day and I was so proud to represent our
organisation at this event!!
Finally, I am very excited for tonight, when we kick off our Arts &
Culture programming events with the Melbourne Theatre Company's production,
The Other Place.We have a good group of attendees for tonight's
event and I hope that we can grow our Arts & Culture offerings to
become a fun and important part of our organisation!
Hope to see many of you at our night meeting next Wednesday or at another
AWA event soon!