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New Zealand's first academic neurosurgery unit is being set up in Dunedin, headed by Belgian neurosurgeon Prof Dirk De Ridder, who will have joint clinical and academic duties. He arrives in February, and spoke to reporter Eileen Goodwin by email this week.
Click on the link below to listen to Martin MacFarlane, Clinical Director South Island Neurosurgical Services, speaking with Darren Ludlow from Radio Southland.
Recorded: Tuesday 17th May as part of the launch of the neurosurgery campaign in Southland
Her face has become increasingly familiar in Invercargill this last week – and you can expect to see much more of this Dunedin mum as she continues with fundraising efforts around Southland next month.
As campaign manager for the Chair of Neurosurgery campaign, Irene Mosley is on a mission to get the message out that the neurosurgery unit at Dunedin is just as important for Southlanders.
And no-one understands this better than Mrs Mosley.
A group of Waikouaiti women have helped boost the Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery appeal to $2.3 million.
The "Blue Ribbon Girls" were founded in Waikouaiti four years ago by Thelma Hoskins, Lorraine David, Judy Irving, Margaret Hamilton, June Craigie and Adrienne Mason to raise funds for worthy projects.
"Every year, we work to raise some money for a particular cause.
"We've raised around $800 each for brain injury and prostate cancer in the last couple of years," Mrs Hoskins said yesterday.
The Chair in Neurosurgery campaign has reached its next milestone, hitting $2.3 million yesterday.
The actual amount raised since January is now $2,303,430.50.
Campaign manager Irene Mosley said last month's Southland launch with a public education session at the Civic Theatre by South Island Neurosurgical Services clinical director Martin MacFarlane, along with an envelope drop in The Southland Times last week, helped boost awareness of the campaign.
Dunedin promoter is hoping to entice the Rolling Stones to Forsyth Barr Stadium for a concert next year.
Rob Fitzpatrick hopes sentiment will convince the group to agree to a Dunedin benefit concert, and says a percentage of the proceeds would go to the chair of neurosurgery campaign.
"The Stones are doing their 50th anniversary tour in March and April next year and they have a lot of gratitude towards Dunedin," Mr Fitzpatrick said yesterday.