The RCH Auxiliaries

Celebrating 100 years in 2022

The RCH is supported by a vibrant and dedicated network of Auxiliaries. Made up of 48 Auxiliary groups and over 450 members from across Victoria, the RCH Auxiliaries are a fundraising force to be reckoned with. In 2022, the RCH Auxiliaries celebrate 100 years of supporting the hospital, making them the longest philanthropic supporter of the RCH.

Governed by the Auxiliaries Executive Committee the RCH Auxiliaries have been raising funds for the hospital since 1922 under the mission: “One team working towards one goal – making sick kids better,” and since their establishment have raised over $44.5 million and have supported countless life-changing projects at the RCH.

The RCH Auxiliaries raise funds in a myriad ways for many special causes. The funds raised go to a variety of projects and initiatives in line with Auxiliary’s personal connections to the RCH and the hospital’s priorities in the areas of research, leadership and training, equipment and technology and patient and family centred care.

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If you are interested in joining an Auxiliary, please contact our Auxiliaries Office on 03 9345 5188 or [email protected].

Celebrating 100 years of the RCH Auxiliaries

In 2022, the RCH Auxiliaries celebrate 100 years of supporting the hospital. The RCH Auxiliaries were first established in 1922 by Miss Mary Guthrie to fundraise for, and supply articles to the hospital. By the end of 1922, there were 10 Auxiliary groups.
Now, 100 years later, there are 48 active Auxiliary groups and over 450 members.

From the early days of making garments for patients and doctors and establishing the first hospital canteen, the Auxiliaries have grown into a vibrant and passionate network, raising millions of dollars and supporting countless life-changing projects at the RCH.

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Auxiliaries Centenary Program

In recognition of our centenary, a series of special events, commemorative publications, and fundraising initiatives will be delivered throughout 2022 as part of the Auxiliaries Centenary Program. The Auxiliaries Centenary Program will celebrate the history of the RCH Auxiliaries, while recognising the incredible impact members, past and present, have had on sick children in Victoria and beyond. Click the link below to learn more about the wonderful activities and initiatives that will take place throughout the year.

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RCH Gratitude Hub online store

Due to COVID-19, the RCH Auxiliaries are unable to fundraise through regular stalls. Shop their products here and support initiatives across the hospital!

Loved by staff and families at the RCH, the Auxiliaries were a daily feature at the hospital, bringing Main Street to life with stalls selling a range of homewares, gifts, baked goods, children’s toys and clothing.

You can continue to support the Auxiliaries by shopping online, with all proceeds going back to the hospital.

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Auxiliaries Legacy Fund

The Auxiliaries Legacy Fund is an endowment to recognise and commemorate the RCH Auxiliaries in perpetuity, in honour of the great legacy that its many members have created since 1922. This special endowment aims to provide a permanent and growing source of funding to ensure the RCH can remain at the leading edge of paediatric healthcare, research and treatment for future generations.

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Become an Auxiliary member

The RCH Auxiliaries warmly welcome new members with a passion for fundraising.

Joining an Auxiliary makes you an invaluable member of a dedicated community of likeminded people, all with the aim of supporting sick children. Whether you would like to put your skills or hobby to good use, or want to give back to your community in a social atmosphere, there are many ways to become involved.

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Benefits of joining

The RCH Auxiliaries network is designed to support your fundraising to be as successful as possible. In addition to your own creative fundraising initiatives, as an Auxiliary member you will have access to a wide range of opportunities, and the ability to put your passion to use. Whatever your skills, if you have a team attitude and a strong spirit of giving, your contribution will make a difference.

Discover the benefits

Read about the Auxiliaries achievements from the last year in the Annual Report below.

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Celebrating 100 years of the Auxiliaries