Beaudesert's Wongaburra Ladies' Auxilliary turns 50

WONGABURRA ladies Auxilliary has turned 50 and members yesterday threw a birthday lunch to remember.

The 12 current members were joined by past members, including former directors of nursing Jean Heron and Carol Price.

Also in attendance were Wongaburra chief executive Peter Kneen, current director of nursing Atul Kumar Singh and Scenic Rim councillor Michael Enright. 

Long-time volunteer Heather Barnes was also celebrating a milestone after being presented with an honorary life membership certificate and a pin to commemorate 40 years of service.

“I’ve been on the Ladies’ Auxilliary for 40 years and since I am about to turn 80, that’s half my life,” Ms Barnes said.

“I have really enjoyed it, they are a lovely lot at Wongaburra.”

Ms Barnes said over the years the Ladies’ Auxilliary had raised more than $200,000 for Wongaburra with fundraisers like cent auctions and street stalls.

Cr Enright said the Ladies’ Auxilliary had been an important assess to the community since the formation of the Wongaburra Society in 1968.

“I applaud the selfless contribution that members have made of the past 50 years,” he said. 

“There would have been hundreds of ladies who have gone above and beyond in assisting the operation of Wongaburra.

“Most notable over the past 40 years is Heather Barnes for her continued service.

“Heather goes about her duties in a quiet and unassuming way and her generosity of spirit over the years has helped improve the quality of life for residents.

“Her 40 years of service is well worth the recognition.”