Adelaide, Hills & South Coast – Friends of the Womens and Childrens Hospital

Adelaide, Hills & South Coast

Shops Auxiliary - located at the Women's & Children's Hospital

 In 1927 a group of doctor's wives joined together to provide refreshments for outpatients and visitors to the Hospital. From this small beginning, the Shops Auxiliary has grown to a group of more than 130 volunteers of different ages and backgrounds.

Volunteers can work behind the scenes in the kitchen or in customer service roles, for as little as one shift per week, or more, to suit their commitments. Vic’s Coffee Shop and Rainbows Kiosk donate approximately $400,000 to the hospital each year for much-needed medical equipment. Our volunteers form close and long-lasting friendships while knowing they are contributing to the health and well-being of children in SA.


Queen Victoria Auxiliary - located in the Eastern Suburbs


Friends Fashion Parade

In 1980, a group of women - some of whom were past trainees of the Queen Victoria Hospital in Rose Park, and led by Margaret Higginbotham (herself a past midwife) - started a fundraising committee in aid of the hospital.

Initially called the Unley Park Queen Victoria Auxiliary, they raised monies by holding many functions - very successful Melbourne Cup Luncheons, Plays, Film Nights, Bridge Days and Morning Teas. Venues over the years have been varied but include Carrick Hill, Ayers House and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

In 1993 when the Queen Victoria Hospital and the Adelaide Children's Hospital amalgamated, the Queen Victoria Auxiliary (QVA) became part of the Friends of the Women's and Children's Hospital Auxiliaries Inc. Funds raised by the QVA particularly go towards much needed equipment in the Women's and Babies' Division.

These days our activities are varied, however, Film Nights and Bridge Days are popular, and a fabulous Fashion Parade towards the end of the year is usually sold out.

The Auxiliary meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, usually at the hospital, and we invite anyone interested to join.


Blackwood/ Belair

The Blackwood/Belair Auxiliary formed in 1962. There are currently 15 members and meetings are held monthly.

The Blackwood/Belair Auxiliary is renowned for its famous and delicous produce which is made by members and sold at various Markets and Stalls. Games Days and Morning Teas are also held which contributes greatly to the purchase of much needed medical equipment.

New members are welcome!


Cudlee Creek/ Kersbrook


Cudlee Creek.Kersbrook Auxiliary Photo

The Cudlee Creek Auxiliary began in 1966, later joining with Kersbrook to become the Cudlee Creek/Kersbrook Friends of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Auxiliary.

With 12 members, the Auxiliary’s major fundraiser is an annual luncheon, and most recently they have organised a Mother’s Day luncheon/ high tea. Whenever possible they hold a stall at local functions to make extra money. The Auxiliary is always happy to welcome new members from Cudlee Creek, Kersbrook or surrounding areas.


Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide

The Port Adelaide Auxiliary of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital formed in 1958 by 10 enthusiastic ladies volunteering to hold fundraisers for the Hospital. Now with 29 members, we hold three or four functions throughout the year being luncheons, fashion parades, concerts, and BBQs at Bunnings. Many businesses in the Western suburbs provide great support with our functions, and all funds raised goes towards new equipment.

We also attend a state conference each year that includes all the auxiliaries. This is a fantastic day with amazing guest speakers and is a great chance to meet other members from all around the state.

Volunteering with the Friends is fun and very rewarding, and a great way for Friends to meet new Friends. We would love to welcome new members, and we meet the first Monday of each month at 11.00am at the Grange Bowling Club.


Victor Harbor, Goolwa

The Victor Harbor/Goolwa Auxiliary was formed in October 1955.

Its 18 members meet 5 times a year, making an important contribution to raising funds for much needed equipment for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Some members’ families have needed the specialist services of the Hospital, and were very grateful for the excellent care provided.

The Hospital’s profile in the seaside Fleurieu Community is raised by various fundraising activities - movie nights, Easter and Mother’s Day raffles, card days, Christmas Dance, Melbourne Cup Lunch, morning tea with guest speaker, and  Christmas ‘Happy Hour” Drinks.

We would warmly welcome new Auxiliary members, whether they wish to attend meetings and assist in organising fundraising events, or just prefer to receive information and support events.  


Adelaide, Hills & South Coast Honour Roll

Years of Service

We acknowledge the following Friends for achieving significant milestones in service and support to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

5 Years

Maureen AllenShops Auxiliary
Ian BurdenShops Auxiliary
John DaveyShops Auxiliary
Jodie HoffmanShops Auxiliary
Thea MillerShops Auxiliary
David SandlandShops Auxiliary

15 years

Jeffrey BindingShops Auxiliary
Margaret CoxShops Auxiliary
Morva FawcettShops Auxiliary
Beverley GrahamShops Auxiliary
Evelyn GriggShops Auxiliary
Maureen LorraineShops Auxiliary
Margaret SunesonShops Auxiliary
Colleen ThorpeShops Auxiliary
Jan van DiemenShops Auxiliary
Carmel WiskingShops Auxiliary
Pat ZealandShops Auxiliary

25 Years

Barbara BoweringShops Auxiliary

30 Years

Maureen CassShops Auxiliary
Joan McLernonShops Auxiliary

35 Years

Helen RowePort Adelaide
Kaye SteerPort Adelaide

50 Years

Shirley MeldrumPort Adelaide