Cummins Hospital Auxiliary welcomes back Melbourne Cup Luncheon

After not holding a Melbourne Cup Luncheon in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions, it was great to be able to get together and enjoy a very successful luncheon this year at the Ramblers Clubrooms on Tuesday, November 2, organised by the Cummins Hospital Auxiliary as its major fundraiser for the year.

President Janette Haarsma welcomed everyone to the luncheon, mentioning that people had come from Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay and Tumby Bay as well as locally to support the hospital auxiliary in its fundraiser, she also introduced Meredith Treloar who was emcee for the day.

Meredith explained her role as Community nurse for both Coffin Bay and Cummins, and said that many nurses from Cummins Tumby Bay Hospitals were unable to attend due to attending a three-day course, which has to be repeated every three years for two days at a time.

Mrs Treloar also acknowledged the Hospital auxiliary in the support it gives to the hospital and Miroma Place, in helping to fund many items for use in both places, as well as supporting the nurses upgrade, the garden hospital and anything else that is asked of them over the years.

Complimentary glasses of champagne and/or orange juice that had been supplied by Jane Smith and Marie Charlton were handed out to everyone on their arrival. Fiona Dahlitz, Matt Forster and Lacey Blacker kept everyone's thirst under control by manning the bar during the day.

Ross Helen Mickan created the elaborate table decorations, while Gladys Hall organised the competition, that had each table drawing a horse and jockey with colours to highlight the jockey's clothing and cap.

Some were very elaborate and others quite unusual. Winning table was No 5 with Joan Stanley accepting the prize, and runner up table was No 11 with Lorraine Pearson collecting their prize.

The many sweeps organised by Judy Holman and Ann Doudle were sold out in record time. The multi raffle tickets sold by Beth Meaney and Beryl Taylor sold well and because of the generosity again of the auxiliary members about forty guests were lucky in taking home their choice of prizes off the raffle table.

Beef and chicken schnitzels were cooked by Ian Holman and John Mihaljevic and served up by the kitchen staff under the watchful eyes of COVID marshalls Marja Nagel and Trish Clarke. Everyone was also able to choose from a very large variety of salads supplied by auxiliary members.

Following the main course everyone returned to enjoy the many delicious sweets that had also been made by auxiliary members.

Amy Maddern along with Cummins Area School students, Katelyn Randall, Leona Papajua, Elsie and Bonnie Maddern entertained with their singing and guitar playing talents.

Best Hat competition was won by Joy Swaffer, and the most humorous hat was worn by Joy Head, while the winner of the lucky chair was Wendy Holman.

Liz Mickan had organised a horse race, and persuaded six unsuspecting ladies to volunteer to participate, three were the horses and three were the jockeys.

The jockeys threw the dice and the horses moved either forward or backwards depending on the call from the race caller.

Horses were Miss Fluzie, (Grace Coombs); Beedlebum (Renae Rogers); and Jezabelle (Alexis Southern). Jockeys were Kay Breden, Rosemary Hauesler and Midge Guidera.

After the famous race was over everyone collected their sweep winnings, and president Janette Haarsma took the opportunity to thank all those who worked tirelessly in the kitchen, the bar persons and also thanked her committee, in particular secretary Leanne Seaman.

Janette Haarsma also acknowledged the support given by the Rambler Football Club for the use of their facilities free of charge, and thanked those who came along to the luncheon in support of the major fundraiser for the Cummins Hospital and Miroma Place Hostel.

Everyone was encouraged to become a Cummins Hospital Auxiliary member and to attend as many meetings as possible that are held every two months.