Neurological Foundation - Chair of Neurosurgery

Souhtland Busines supporting Neurosurgery Campaign

March 2012

Southland businesses are getting on board the Chair of Neurosurgery campaign, with the first Invercargill fundraiser being held tonight at the Ascot Park Hotel.

Adrian and Karen Barclay are hosting A Night with Venom to give tips and tricks for hair and makeup, featuring Southland chef Scott Richardson, stylist Terzann Elliott, of Lady Knuckles, and film and television makeup artist Kerry Penisula-Spain.

Billed as a charity event that would be the perfect girls' night out, the event also features Mr Barclay, a New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year.

Mr Barclay – creative director of the Cambridge Place salon – said all profits would go to the campaign.

The couple said they were inspired to hold the event after Mrs Barclay was referred to the neurosurgery unit in December to remove a possible tumour inside her spinal cord.

Although further testsshowed a tumour was unlikely and surgery was not recommended, Mr Barclay said the experience highlighted the necessity of the neurosurgery unit to the south.

Mrs Barclay has since been referred to general neurological services for more tests to confirm the diagnosis. "It's a great cause and we wanted to support it; we wanted to give something back," Mr Barclay said. "The experience made us realise how important it was."

Mrs Barclay said she was impressed with the speed of the team handling her case.

"The whole team, and Mr Taha (Dunedin neurosurgeon Ahmad Taha) were amazing."

Venom is the first Invercargill business to host a fundraiser for the campaign, which aims to raise $3 million to attract and sustain a chairman position for the first academic neurosurgery unit in New Zealand.

In February, SBS Bank Invercargill was the first business to make a donation to the campaign, giving three iPad 2s, valued at about $800 each, to the neurosurgery unit.

Campaign manager Irene Mosley said the campaign had raised $1,841,594 since the January launch.

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