Fundraising is vital at Southern Cross Aged Care

By Alex Gretgrix

THE staff and residents at Southern Cross Aged Care know how vital fundraising is.

The staff at the facility teamed up with students from Moama Anglican Grammar and Moama Pharmacy recently to do just that, but this isn't Southern Cross’ first time at it.

“We've called this a spring time afternoon tea and we've been doing it for a number of years now,” fundraising volunteer Mary Marwood said.

With the delicious morning tea on offer, the students brought their stage game and as a choir performed a number of hits the residents knew and loved.

“The students were very talented and we're so lucky to have them come perform for us,” Mary said.

The choir sang in front of the large group of able-bodied residents before they kindly moved to another area of the facility for the high-care patients.

Clint Flanigan of Moama Pharmacy also made an appearance and gave a talk on many issues that could effect and concern residents such as wound care.

The money raised on the day will go towards a new vital signs machine that will be beneficial for both the residents and staff.

“It's a little bit of extra fundraising to go towards things that will help the staff and the residents and something that will make life much more comfortable,” Mary said.

“Having an updated vital signs machine in the facility would mean we can test a whole range of things, such as blood pressure and saturation, all at once,” facility manager Katie Dax said.

“It makes it easier for nurses on the floor to make clinical decisions that will benefit the residents in the long run.”

The team raised $840 on the day.