Neurological Foundation - Chair of Neurosurgery

Neuro fundraisers enrich minds, boost bodies

July 2012

Neuro fundraisers enrich minds, boost bodies

 
Jerram Huston (above) passes a rugby ball to Bianca Park (9), of Dunedin, as Branwen Jones (9), also of Dunedin, runs ahead during a neurosurgery fundraiser at Dunedin's Botanic Garden yesterday. Photos by Craig Baxter.
Jerram Huston (above) passes a rugby ball to Bianca Park (9), of Dunedin, as Branwen Jones (9), also of Dunedin, runs ahead during a neurosurgery fundraiser at Dunedin's Botanic Garden yesterday. Photos by Craig Baxter.

About 60 people, mostly children, participated in the neurosurgery fundraiser brain and body exercise, which involved activity stations throughout the garden.

Participants threw rugby balls while running around a fountain, completed brain teasers and navigated various sections of the garden.

Those taking part were encouraged to make a donation to the neurosurgery campaign. Personal fitness trainer Rory McSweeney organised the event, as a way to support the community through exercise and generate money and awareness for the neurosurgery appeal.

Tour participants listen to a short talk by W.D. Trotter Anatomy Museum curator Chris Smith, in Dunedin, on Saturday.
Tour participants listen to a short talk by W.D. Trotter Anatomy Museum curator Chris Smith, in Dunedin, on Saturday.

About 70 people attended the mystery medical tour, which visited sites of significance to Dunedin's medical heritage.

The event raised $1160 for the Chair in Neurosurgery campaign, which aims to endow an academic who will be a third neurosurgeon at Dunedin Hospital.

The tour included the site of Dunedin's first medical school at the Exchange; the anatomy museum at Otago University; historic doctors' residences; potted histories of Dunedin and Wakari hospitals, and Ashburn Clinic.