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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.
On his 21st birthday, recovering spinal injury patient Austen Haig will run the Moro Half Marathon in Dunedin.
In April last year, the second-year University of Otago student faced the possibility of life in a wheelchair, after a serious rugby accident, and was given a 20% to 30% chance of walking again.
Now, he is to run the September 9 half-marathon with his physiotherapist Mark Shirley, raising money for the Chair in Neurosurgery campaign.
It may be small, but it's a donation that every racing club in Southland should be making, Winton Harness Racing Club president Murray Swain said this week.
A recent $220 raffle collection would be going to the Chair of Neurosurgery campaign to support a unit that was vital for the sport.
A mixed crowd of medical professionals, students, businesspeople and "housewives and mums" turned up at the Civic Theatre yesterday to hear why the neurosurgery node in Dunedin is crucial to Southlanders.
The presentation was part of the Southland launch of the chair in neurosurgery campaign, which is about $730,000 away from its $3 million fundraising goal.
The University of Otago has a favoured candidate for the post of inaugural professor of the Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery.
The candidate would be offered the role in the next few weeks, health sciences pro-vice-chancellor Prof Peter Crampton said.
The three short-listed candidates, from Germany and Belgium, were interviewed last Thursday. All three were excellent candidates, he said.
The professor would lead neurosurgery research at the university, and work as a third neurosurgeon at Dunedin Hospital.