Australiana artwork unveiled

Australiana artwork unveiled

Abeautiful Australiana mural was officially unveiled on the wall between the Penola War Memorial Hospital and the Pinchunga Aged Care Facility last week.

More than 30 people attended the launch and included hospital auxiliary members, staff, residents, friends and board members.

Mount Gambier artist April Hague, who created the work, was also in attendance.

Auxiliary president Maggie Murray welcomed everyone and congratulated Ms Hague on her efforts in painting the mural.

Mrs Murray said the auxiliary was about to disband and the group wanted to show some recognition to all who have served with the group since 1945, when the hospital was built.

Both the original auxiliary and evening groups have worked hard with fundraising like fetes, catering, flower shows, book stalls and much more.

“The auxiliary played a huge role when the hospital was a stand-alone entity and managed by a board,” Mrs Murray said.

“All funds donated to the hospital were used to fund medical items, beds, furniture, soft furnishings, televisions and gardens.

“However, it is now government owned and roles have changed.

“Members are getting older and no younger people have been recruited. The group then had to decide what to do with the funds, hence the idea of a mural to remember all past and present members.”

All past and present members were presented with certificates of appreciation.

The group has many long serving members, however Jill Fiebiger, who has served on the auxiliary for some 38 years, was invited to officially cut the ribbon to open the mural.

“It is hoped the kookaburra that features in the mural will be there for a long time to enjoy and watch over the residents, patients, volunteers and staff,” Mrs Murray said.

A morning tea of scones, jam and cream concluded the day.

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