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the RCH Auxiliaries

Celebrating 95 years of community fundraising 

The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne (RCH) is supported by a vibrant and dedicated network of Auxiliary groups. Made up of more than 1000 volunteers from all over Victoria, they are an incomparable force in community fundraising.

Having raised over $45 million dollars for the hospital since 1922, the Auxiliaries’ are wholly devoted to their mission:

‘One team working towards one goal – making sick kids better.’

With creative entrepreneurship, a strong spirit of giving, and drawing on the talents of thousands of individuals and businesses, the RCH Auxiliaries raise funds in a myriad of ways and hold dear many special causes.

The first RCH Auxiliary was formed at a meeting on 21 July 1922. 40 women attended the first meeting. By 1929, twenty-two Auxiliary groups had formed all over Melbourne. Now, the RCH Auxiliaries are a strong network of more than 1,000 dedicated members.

Many of the women involved have been volunteer fundraising for the hospital for 30, 40, 50 60, and in one case, even 70 years. The Auxiliaries' 90th Anniversary in 2012 was a special occasion to celebrate these amazing contributions to community service.

The RCH Auxiliaries play an important part in fundraising across the areas of research, leadership and training, technology and equipment, and patient and family centred care.