Great celebration for auxiliary's 70th birthday

The Ceduna community celebrated as the Ceduna Hospital and Village Auxiliary hosted its 70th birthday party at the Ceduna RSL clubrooms on Thursday.

More than 50 people were present to acknowledge the impact the auxiliary has made on the community.

It started as the Murat Bay District Hospital Auxiliary in September 1949, and by the late 1970s there was talk of combining the organisation with the Ceduna Senior Citizens Village Auxiliary.

In 1978 the final hospital auxiliary meeting was held and the combined auxiliary was on the scene by October that year.

Those present swapped stories and had a chance to flick through archives relating to the auxiliary which were on display, while there was also a raffle and cutting of the birthday cake by Una Trewartha.

Among those present was Dianne Gillies, who came to Ceduna specifically for the celebration, as her parents Marg and Ted Koch were involved in the auxiliary, while Mark Comas - son of Marge Comas, the only member of the original hospital auxiliary committee still alive - and his wife Jan came up from Port Lincoln.

Auxiliary secretary Janet Jacobsen said it was a great day.

"It's a fantastic turnout, with people even from out of town coming in just for the day," she said.

"This is a good show of support for a good cause.

"If you were to add together all the money raised by the auxiliary over the years, it would be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars."