BNZ street appeal raises nearly $2000 for charity
Chair of Neurosurgery street appeal raises $1919
Campaign already raised more than $2m
Street collectors braved the Invercargill rain yesterday, appealing for funds for the Chair of Neurosurgery campaign.
BNZ Invercargill staff member Melissa Kane, who had used the service, which saved her daughter's life, was among eight staff with appeal buckets as part of the BNZ's Closed for Good initiative.
Ms Kane's daughter, Emily, now 20 months, fell at home in 2011, leaving her with bleeding in the brain.
Emily was taken to Southland Hospital by ambulance and then to the neurosurgery unit in Dunedin
It was fortunate Emily was able to undergo the surgery immediately, Ms Kane said.
"There was no long-term damage that we know of and Emily is now a happy, smiley, girlie girl," she said.
Ms Kane said many people had donated and offered support in Invercargill yesterday.
"People stopped to say they had used the service or had made appointments at the unit," she said.
It was important for people to know that a Chair of Neurosurgery would also educate the surgeons of the future, she said.
BNZ teller Janice Humphries said she wanted to support her colleague and was shocked when she told her about 50 per cent of the patients who used the Dunedin service were from Southland.
She wanted to make more people in the region aware patients who used the service were not just elderly, many were babies, children and middle-aged, she said.
"It's a great cause and a service that can be used by anybody at anytime. It's such an important service for us to keep," she said.
Volunteers from Harcourts were also collecting money for the campaign and selling raffle tickets for a weekend of leisure in Dunedin, worth about $1200.
The street appeal yesterday raised $1919.
The neurosurgery fundraising campaign hit the $2 million mark last month, after only 10 weeks of fundraising.
Campaign co-ordinator Irene Mosley said the prize package donated by Dunedin tour operators, would be raffled in Southland later in the month to encourage Southland to support the initiative for Otago and Southland
"We need to reiterate that while the expertise of the neurosurgery team will be based in Dunedin, the service provided is for all who live, work or visit both Southland and Otago," Ms Mosley said.