Bathurst Base Hospital helping out drought ravaged farmers

HELPING HAND: Brad Molenkamp and Melody Cole, from Bathurst Base Hospital, with 2BS staffers Charlie Hodgkin,  Natalie Pilato and Daniel King.
HELPING HAND: Brad Molenkamp and Melody Cole, from Bathurst Base Hospital, with 2BS staffers Charlie Hodgkin, Natalie Pilato and Daniel King.

DOCTORS and nurses dragged out their boots and wore them to work last month, in a bid to help drought affected farmers.

Medical crews from Bathurst Base were joined by ancillary staff in “the wear you boots to work” fundraising event which raised $1,000.

Melody Cole, from Bathurst Base Hospital, who helped organise the day said staff at the hospital feel a strong sense of community and feel it’s important to assist anyone in need.

“We know farmers are struggling and we know despite relief efforts the long term recovery from this situation will take a long term solution,” she said.

“We want the local farming community to know we will assist wherever we can.”

Ms Cole said not only did staff wear their boots to work, they also got busy in the kitchen whipping up a storm of cakes, slices and sandwiches holding a cake stall in the foyer of the hospital, which literally sold out.

“We were setting up at 8.30am and the cakes weren’t even making the table,” Ms Cole said.

Bathurst Base Hopsital’s General Manager, Brad Molenkamp thanked his staff for their efforts, and recognised the work Ms Cole invested in organising the event.

“She made the day happen,” he said.

Money raised on the day has been used to purchase Buy Local cards which will be distributed to farming families through the 2BS Thumps Up For Farmers appeal.

Natalie Pilato, producer at 2BS, said staff were overwhelmed with support  received for the fundraiser.

“People have been so generous,” she said.