$4000 daily boosts neurosurgery target
The south's Chair of Neurosurgery campaign had an average of $4000 coming in daily in August.
Campaign manager Irene Mosley, who will speak on advances in modern neurosurgery in Invercargill on September 9, said yesterday she received a commitment of $6000 from the Tokanui Lions Club, bringing the total to $2. 67 million.
The campaign aims to have $3m by Christmas to fund the Professors research wages, which will secure the three-surgeon neurosurgery unit in Dunedin in perpetuity.
The latest donation was an example of the generosity since the campaign was launched in January, with a Southland-focused strategy rolled out in May, she said.
"For a while, it was ‘will we or won't we' [hit $3m] but the way it's looking . . . people really want this," she said.
"If we go over the amount, it will simply mean there will be money there for research as well as the wage."
Mrs Mosley said the winter speaking tour had been a way to inform rural communities around the south of the benefits of keeping the unit in Dunedin, where Southlanders could have easier access to neurosurgery services.
Speaking at the May launch in Invercargill, South Island Neurological Services clinical director Martin MacFarlane said Southlanders made up about 50 per cent of the patients admitted to the Dunedin unit.
Mrs Mosley said as the Southland-focused campaign began to wrap up with a Night Out for Neurosurgery evening at Ascot Park Hotel on September 22,
"I am talking about [neurosurgery] in layman's terms . . . and talking about my experiences with my own family," she said. "I try and add new things to keep it interesting."
One of the highlights of the campaign had been meeting others who had experiences in the neurosurgery unit, she said.
"You hear a lot of new stories doing this."
Mrs Mosley will be speaking at Altrusa International at J Fraser and Sons Chapel on the corner of Doon and Esk streets on September 9 at 3pm.
Entry is free; donations are welcome.
Donations can be made at any SBS Bank in the south and in any ANZ or National bank branch in the south.
Donations can also be made by mail: Freepost 2064, Neurosurgery Campaign, PO Box 914, Dunedin, 9054.
Funds can be donated via internet banking: Neurosurgery campaign 06 0287 0133301 05
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