Hospital honours its top fundraiser
WITH stories, cake and plenty of laughter, the Mundubbera Hospital Auxiliary recognised one of its most seasoned and important members at the weekend.
Myrtle Schiffke, 81, was surprised to see that the hospital’s auxiliary and members of her family had prepared a morning tea and presents in her honour.
The octogenarian had spent many years raising money for the hospital’s various functions and groups by selling raffle tickets on the streets of Mundubbera.
For this feat of charity, her community awarded her with a certificate, a bouquet of flowers and a wealth of stories and appreciation.
“You could always see Myrtle sitting on the main street,” said Mundubbera’s councillor Faye Whelan.
“I’d love to see how much money she raised over the years – it would have been thousands.”
Ms Schiffke’s daughter, Avril Linsket, recounted a tale of her mother’s fame.
“We went on a cruise to Papua New Guinea last year for mum’s birthday, and this bloke came up to mum and said, ‘I know you. You’re the old girl who sits up in Mundubbera selling raffle tickets’,” she said.
“Apparently, he and his wife had been to Mundubbera to visit family, and he bought a raffle ticket off mum ages ago. She promised to deliver the prize if he won.”
Ms Linsket said her mother raised money for ambulance services, seven-a-side cricket, breast cancer support and of course the hospital auxiliary in her many years of service.
The organiser of the morning tea, Monica Wooldridge, said that the auxiliary will have to try very hard to match Myrtle’s enthusiasm and skill going forward.
“She’s left really big shoes to fill,” she said.