Neurological Foundation - Chair of Neurosurgery

Marmite adds brain power to campaign

May 2012

Marmite gives more brain power




With no end in sight to the country's Marmite shortage, those desperate for a hit can bid on an emergency supply while raising funds for the Chair in Neurosurgery campaign.

The two hotel sachets of "black gold" have been framed and signed by Prime Minister John Key, with "In emergency break glass" written on the front.

The auction, set up on Trade Me last week, had been viewed almost 6000 times and had attracted bids of more than $300 as of yesterday afternoon. The auction closes at 8pm tonight.

It is part of a massive fundraising effort to set up a $3 million endowment fund for a Neurological Foundation Chair in Neurosurgery.

The chair would spend 50 per cent of his or her time as a neurosurgeon at Dunedin Hospital and 50 per cent on research and teaching at the University of Otago.

The goal was to raise $3m in 12 months, and project manager Irene Mosley this week said $2,267,723 had been raised since the campaign began in January.

An appeal envelope for the Chair in Neurosurgery campaign will be in The Southland Times on Monday.

Public donations to the campaign can be made at any National Bank or ANZ branch.

Donations by mail: Freepost 2064, Neurosurgery Campaign, PO Box 914, Dunedin, 9054.

By internet banking: Neurosurgery campaign 060287013330105


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