The RCH Auxiliaries

One team working towards one goal – making sick kids better

The RCH is supported by a vibrant and dedicated network of Auxiliaries. Made up of more than 50 Auxiliary groups and over 350 members from across Victoria, the RCH Auxiliaries are a fundraising force to be reckoned with. In 2022, the RCH Auxiliaries celebrated 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 $47 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].

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.

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RCH Gratitude Hub online store

Loved by staff and families at the RCH, the Auxiliaries have been bringing Main Street to life with their market stalls for many years, selling a range of incredible homewares, gifts, baked goods, children’s toys and clothing. Through the RCH Gratitude Hub online store, you can now shop the Auxiliaries highly sought-after products online. All proceeds support 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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Celebrating 100 years of the RCH Auxiliaries

In 2022, the RCH Auxiliaries celebrated 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 60 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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Read about the Auxiliaries achievements from the last year in the Annual Report below.

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Celebrating 100 years of the Auxiliaries