THEY thought orders were down on last year until the final tally.
When members of the Wingham and District War Memorial Hospital Auxiliary checked the figures from this year's lamington drive the news was good. It would seem that more and more locals like a lamington.
Over the last two weeks 731 dozen lamingtons were sold which equates to a staggering total of 8772 cubes of yumminess.
Sandra Moore, president of the auxiliary, said that a team of willing volunteers made it all possible.
"Hospital staff were here at 5am," she said, grateful for their efforts so early before going to work. "They have been wonderful."
Other volunteers included friends or people who use the hospital pool – all aware of the big effort needed to meet demand.
A large percentage of the volunteers and auxiliary members are retired and have been helping for many years.
But as Sandra points out, they are not getting any younger. "We're an ageing group and it is getting too much for many," she said.
In the past the auxiliary has held a lamington drive twice a year but this year it only held one.
"It's all we could manage," said Sandra who admits they are desperate for new helpers to keep the tradition going.
The auxiliary has 20 members currently, the oldest being 95, and in the last financial year their fundraising efforts purchased more than $6800 worth of equipment for the hospital.
The money was well spent on much needed items and services for the hospital including an INR Machine for blood testing, OTS assessment kits, Derwent recliner, television and bracket and associated physio treatment.
Sandra is proud of what has been achieved.
The lamington drive was held over two Mondays with orders being pre-placed.
The sponges were made locally and the volunteers set about cutting into squares and dipping into the special chocolate coating and then coconut.
Week one of the drive was blessed with perfect weather conditions, said auxiliary member Joan Lawler who was the final packer on the production line.
"They dry better when it is cooler," she said.
Unfortunately, with the high spring temperatures experienced on the second week, Joan had a frustrating wait before she could pack them up and send them out to purchasers.
For volunteering opportunities please call Joan Lawler on 6553 5653.
Special Note: The staff of the Wingham Chronicle can confirm the Lamingtons were truly delicious and represented excellent value for money!