Medical centre donates
If you visited the doctor last Tuesday, the money you paid did not benefit the doctors – but a family who has suffered severely in the Christchurch earthquake.
Donate a day for Christchurch, an initiative by the Matamata Medical Centre, saw them donate the entire day’s revenue to Christchurch on March 1.
The money has been sent to a medical centre in Christchurch who will select a family in need of the money.
Practice manager Gillian Vincent said it was their way of helping out where they could.
‘‘ The staff here really wanted to make it personal,’’ Mrs Vincent said.
‘‘It is a big commitment for a place of this size.
‘‘But it is all about giving back,’’ she said.
‘‘This was a rather unique way of doing something to help and because there was a medical centre in the CTV building that came down, it is close to us.’’
Many families lost their homes and belongings in the February 22 earthquake and were left with nothing.
This money will give one family the chance to start rebuilding their lives.
The staff also dressed up in red and black clothing in support of Christchurch and had buckets on the counters voluntary donations.
Mrs Vincent said they urged other medical centres to get behind them and donate a day’s income as well – and to her delight many did.