Neurological Foundation - Chair of Neurosurgery

News & Updates

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  • Rural Otago steps up with novel fundraisers for Neurosurgery

    Rural Otago waded in to the neurosurgery campaign with fundraisers starting in Balclutha and Wanaka this week.

    In Balclutha, young and old alike donned their gym shoes to run, row, or ride in the "Get A Head" fundraiser at the Cross Recreation Centre from 4pm to 8pm.

    The virtual triathlon saw participants tackle three minutes each of indoor rowing, stationary biking, and running for years 6 to 8 primary school pupils, and five minutes each of rowing, biking and running for secondary school pupils and adults.

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  • Oamaru Woman suggests gifting Leap Day pay

    An Oamaru woman is urging people to give a portion of the extra day they work for leap year to the neurosurgery fundraising campaign.

    Judy Stevenson said Wednesday, leap day, was a "bonus", as it only cropped up once every four years.

    The part-time learning tutor, caregiver and rest-home activity organiser, who has a degree in psychology, said the chair in neurosurgery offered exciting research possibilities for the University of Otago.

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  • SBS donating ipads to Chair in Neurosurgery unit

    As Southland Times readers open up their paper this morning to find branded appeal envelopes for the Chair of Neurosurgery campaign, one Southland business is announcing its involvement in the fundraising.

    SBS Bank Invercargill branch manager Neil Bramley said the SBS Bank's donation of three iPad 2s to the neurosurgery unit – valued at about $800 each – came from the bank's desire to do what it could to help in the campaign.

    "We just want to be involved," Mr Bramley said. "We want to do what we can to help the community – this is a simple way to do that."

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  • Couple supporting fundraising effort

    An undiagnosed brain tumour turned the world of Ted and Heather Turner, formerly of Palmerston, upside down.

    However, after an eight-year journey of rehabilitation, the couple's fierce determination, indefatigable spirit, and love for one another has remained strong and true.

    The Turners are staunch advocates and supporters of the Neurological Foundation's public campaign to fundraise $3 million to establish a chair of neurosurgery in Dunedin, after experiencing first-hand the benefits of a Dunedin-based service.

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  • Crucial Neurosurgery required

    It was during the 2010 neurosurgery campaign that Margaret Sykes started to think something was wrong with her right arm.

    Little did she know the journey she and husband Graeme were starting that August, when a malignant brain tumour began showing itself through a weakened right arm.

    Weeks later she would have the first of five operations to deal with the left-sided tumour, a level-three astrocytoma.

    Since then Mrs Sykes (59) has had four urgent neurosurgery procedures, all carried out by Dunedin Hospital neurosurgeon Ahmad Taha.

    Photographer Craig Baxter ODT

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  • UK surgeon excited about joining Dunedin team

    Otago University’s new Senior Lecturer in Neurosurgery Reuben Johnson is excited by the opportunity of joining a team of talented researchers and helping to build up a centre of excellence in clinical neurosurgery, alongside a vibrant research centre.

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  • Battle continues: $3m needed

    We have won the fight to keep a neurosurgery service in the south – now we want to secure its future.

    So today The Southland Times and the Otago Daily Times are joining forces again to launch a fundraising campaign to set up an endowment fund for a chair in neurosurgery at the University of Otago.

    The Southland Times

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  • Otago Trust gives $300,000

    The Otago Community Trust has announced a $300,000 grant towards a Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery at the University of Otago.

    A public fundraising campaign launched on Friday aims to raise $3 million to employ a professor and set up a neurosurgery research unit at the university.

    The professor will also work as the third neurosurgeon at Dunedin Hospital.

    The campaign had already generated a groundswell of public support, project manager Irene Mosley said, and the community trust grant takes the fundraising total to $812,360.

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  • Walk funds for neurosurgery chair

    Proceeds from a "Brain Week Walk" on the Milford Track in March will contribute to the growing fund for the chair of neurosurgery in Dunedin, which also received a $300,000 boost this week.

    Fifty spaces for the Ultimate Hikes walk over the Milford Track will result in the $2000 price being matched by Ultimate Hikes as a donation to the $3 million campaign that kicked off on Friday night.

    The walk leaves Queenstown on March 21.

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  • Walk the picturesque Milford Track and fundraise for us at the same time!


    Ever wanted to walk the Milford Track but never made the time? Here’s your opportunity to enjoy a fantastic experience while fundraising for neurosurgery at the same time.

    The Milford Track Guided Walk is a fantastic 5 day/4 night adventure, traversing the heart of Fiordland National Park from Te Anau to Milford Sound. What’s more, the full price for this special Brain Week Walk will be donated directly to the Chair in Neurosurgery campaign.

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