AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pink Ladies Kiosk


The Pink Ladies (the women are dressed in palest pink) was founded as an auxiliary in 1941 to provide services for patients and visitors and to raise funds for Frankston Hospital on the Mornington Peninsula.
The first president, Edna Vincent, received an MBE in 1964.
She was president for an amazing 58years until she died in 1999.
These older women are a smiling delight, a ray of happiness in the kiosk near the entrance of Frankston Hospital.
There are now nearly 100 volunteers.
There is also a Pink Ladies group, further south on the peninsula, at Rosebud Hospital.
It began in 1988 and has 53 members.
The president there, Claire Duffus, received a Health Volunteer Award in 2009 for initiating an Op Shop at the hospital.

The Pink Ladies gift
When pain fractures the spirit
A smiling kind face

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10 comments:

Naquillity said...

you couldn't have captured a hospital visit any better. i know from all my doctor visits i truly feel better when the nurses smile and try to talk with me. that way i don't get as nervous. have a great night~

RedPat said...

These hospital volunteers are angels - they work so hard!

Clytie said...

They are angels indeed ... and your Haiku captures their spirit beautifully

Lindy MacDuff said...

How about that?! Pink Ladies are universal! My mother was a Pink Lady at our local hospital back in the 1960s and 1970s. They are definitely appreciated.

Inside Cambodia said...

I think hospital volunteers are heaven-sent especially for people like me who gets even sicker at the thought of going to a hospital! We don't have hospital volunteers in the Philippines and Cambodia.

Luna Miranda said...

it's a calling i guess. volunteerism is a great thing.

@ Streissat, we have hospital volunteers here---they're mostly nursing graduates who need hospital experience.:p

Rinkly Rimes said...

We have the Pink Ladies here in Newcastle too. They do a great job.

Dianne said...

how wonderful that Edna Vincent received a MBE

when my son had back surgery the older woman who volunteered as faimily liason was a gift to us
she never failed to update us and to check on all the families waiting

Francisca said...

In Asia, family is expected to play this role. I didn't know about the volunteers here, so was glad to see Luna's comment.

Lesley said...

Volunteers in hospitals are usually the most personable people you could meet.

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