Neurological Foundation - Chair of Neurosurgery

Rural Otago steps up with novel fundraisers for Neurosurgery

February 2012

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.

Meanwhile, a group of Upper Clutha women hope to have their carefully crafted contribution to the neurosurgery campaign sewn up by Friday evening after two days of intensive quilting.

Quilting enthusiasts from the area, including some from Aspiring Quilters, will congregate at the National Bank in Wanaka tomorrow and Friday where they will work as a team to make a queen-size, "spring colours" themed quilt.

The finished product will be raffled to raise funds for the campaign, which aims to generate $3 million to fund a chair in neurosurgery to lead a research unit centre of excellence in neurosurgery at the University of Otago in Dunedin.