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San Gifts new gift shop blessed and celebrated

The power of gifts, donations, volunteering and teamwork have all been celebrated during the blessing of the soon-to-be-opened 'San Gifts' shop on-site at the Sydney Adventist Hospital.

The shop builds on the already invaluable role the much loved 500 strong San Volunteer Team play around the Hospital and provides access to staff, patients, and visitors to a range of thoughtfully chosen, beautiful gifts.

San Volunteer Team Manager Patrina McLean, who with San CEO Brett Goods has shared a 5 year vision for the shop, recognised the power of gifts to provide hope and lift spirits and says it was a major collaboration and worth the effort.

“To say that I’m a little bit excited is an understatement. I’m so pleased we can provide something beautiful for our patients, our staff, our visitors and our community. When you receive a gift it gives you such a boost of happiness, excitement, wonder and hope. What could be in this bag? I think it will bring a little bit of hope, and a little bit of gratefulness that someone cares about them."

Brett Goods acknowledged the donations by Precision Air Electrical and Willobee Floor Service Sales and Flooring.

Precision Air Electrical Managing Director Ari Zafiris attended the Blessing with site supervisor Tony McHutchison and says it was Precision’s long relationship with the Hospital and the fact that shop proceeds would help the San care for the community, that motivated them to donate materials, fixtures and manpower to the project.

“It’s just a small token and it’s not something we usually do but we’ve done it for the San” he said. 

Long-time Hospital supporter Peter Johannsen from Willobee Floor Service Sales recalled his family’s 65 year association with the San including his mother volunteering in the days of the ‘pink ladies’. 

“I pledged to my father I would continue what he started and the San is very close to me. When Patrina mentioned her vision for the shop and how it would help lift people’s spirits, I said we’ll cover the floor so you can use what you need to elsewhere. Giving just gives me a buzz.“

Chairman of the Board of Adventist HealthCare Pastor Glenn Townend led the Blessing and reaffirmed the impact of the shop.

“To be able to present to the staff and to the visitors and the patients of this great hospital gifts and things that will bless many… and the profits here will go to the hospital for other blessings of other people and situations."

Gift Shop staff member Karen Morris first started at the San as a Volunteer over 14 years ago and shared her motivation for joining and her joy at being on the gift shop team.

“I first volunteered because I had family members cared for here and each time they were looked after so beautifully. It’s a family, it feels like a family. It’s absolutely beautiful."

Gift Shop assistants Kim, Sophie and Michelle are enthusiastic about the role San Gifts can help play.

“A lot of love has gone into choosing the gifts and what would make people feel well, happy and warm” says Kim. 

Michelle understands the comfort the shop will provide.

“People coming in here could be facing whatever issue they may have with their health and wellbeing and might like to come to us for a little bit of diversion… sometimes they need to walk away and just get relief. It could be a patient or a family member that just needs that time to maybe gather their thoughts again, and have beautiful things to look at.”

The blessing was shared via Zoom for all involved that couldn't be here in person.

San Gifts Team Members
San Gifts Team members

Peter Johannsen from Willobee Floor Service Sales with Brett Goods and Patrina McLean

Ari Zafiris and Tony McHutchison from Precision Air Electrical

Prayer of Dedication

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