Auxiliary Awards

Auxiliaries make an invaluable contribution to the RCH.

To recognise the support of members dedicated to helping the hospital, the Auxiliaries Executive Committee supports three award programs.

Madge Tate Service Award

Established in 1994, the Madge Tate Service Award is the highest honour an Auxiliaries member can receive, recognising extraordinary service to the hospital.

The award is named after the late Madge Tate who was a member of Croydon Auxiliary from 1932 until her passing in 1992. The award is a means of recognising dedicated and extraordinary service to the Auxiliaries. For many of those years, Mrs Tate served as either President or Secretary of the Croydon Auxiliary, overcoming obstacles of distance, family commitments and at times, ill-health to make an outstanding 60-year contribution to the RCH.

Raelene Trotter, Treasurer of Templestowe Auxiliary was the winner of the 2021 Madge Tate Service Award.

Nominations for the 2022 Madge Tate Award are now open. To nominate an Auxiliary member, please complete this form.

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Living Treasures Award

The RCH Auxiliaries honour outstanding members with the annual Living Treasures Award.

This award recognises the exceptional contribution of diverse Auxiliary members who have demonstrated excellence, leadership and commitment in fundraising for the hospital.

The Living Treasures Award was officially launched in 2004 to honour Auxiliary members who have gone above and beyond in their quest to support sick children and the work of the RCH Auxiliaries.

Nominations for the 2022 Living Treasures Award are now open. To nominate an Auxiliary member, please complete this form.

View a full list of Auxiliaries Living Treasures Awards (PDF)

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Long service awards

Long Service Awards are given to members in five year increments, with Auxiliary members receiving their first award after five years of service.

These awards celebrate the longstanding and dedicated support of Auxiliary members.

View the full list of current long service award holders (PDF).

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Nursing Scholarship

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE was closely associated with The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and the Auxiliaries, supporting many important projects that have helped shape this great children’s hospital.

In giving her name in perpetuity to the prestigious Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Nursing Development Scholarship, her remarkable legacy carries on through the advancement of nursing at the RCH. This $50,000 scholarship is provided for each year by a fun-filled fundraising luncheon in May.

Read about the 2022 recipient, Eloise Borello.