Pankina Auxiliary

Main funding purpose: Area of greatest need

The story so far

Established in 1967, members drew inspiration for the name of the Auxiliary from Dame Joan Hammond, whose yacht bore the name Pankina. It was thought Pankina was an aboriginal word meaning, ‘let’s get together and be happy’.

At its peak, Pankina boasted 89 members and to this day still enjoys a large membership of dedicated fundraisers. The Auxiliary was supported for 20 years by the ladies of Progress Press, who formed a sub-branch, and ladies in the Werribee district.

Pankina members can be regularly seen around the hospital selling their craft and gifts to raise funds. Stalls were held at local shopping centres and Gumbuya Park. A wide range of knitted garments and other items were donated and baked goods, jams and pickles became a favourite with customers. Members have also assisted with the Good Friday Appeal, worked in the Canteen, Kiosk and Auxiliaries Gift Shop, and enjoyed many day trips to country Victoria and Christmas lunches together. For many years, Pankina members donated gifts for children who were in the Emergency Department at Christmas time.

The Auxiliary has supported the Allergy Department funding the Guide to Food Allergy information brochure and has also contributed to the Satellite Pharmacy project.

Office bearers

President, Secretary and Treasurer: Judith Arms


Judith Arms

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