Neurosurgery events for Southlanders
A "Southland Party" in Wellington and a gathering in Invercargill over the weekend have swollen the coffers of the Chair in Neurosurgery fundraising campaign.
Almost 300 people with Southland roots celebrated all things Southland in the capital on Friday night, including venison, oysters and Southland-made ice cream and chocolates, raising $1000 for the campaign in the process, fundraising project manager Irene Mosley said yesterday.
On Saturday night, about 100 people attended a Night Out for Neurosurgery in Invercargill and raised about $2500.
"Events and public donations have pushed our total past the next $10,000 mark and we are now sitting at $2.72 million," she said.
The Combined Churches of Oamaru also raised $1850 from a concert at the Oamaru Opera House on Sunday evening.
Organiser Anne Wilkinson said "hundreds" of people had attended the event.
The campaign was launched in January to raise $3 million to permanently fund a Chair in Neurosurgery based in Dunedin. The holder of the position will head New Zealand's first academic neurosurgery research unit, based at the University of Otago, and spend half their time carrying out neurosurgery at Dunedin Hospital.
Prof Dirk De Ridder, a leading Belgian neurosurgeon and brain researcher, is the first person appointed to the role and will take up his position in February.
The campaign was well on track to reach its $3 million target by the end of the year, Ms Mosley said.
Photo: Political Reporter Barry Soper and Neurosurgery Project Manager Irene Mosley at the Southland Party in the Beehive on Friday evening