Med­i­cal cen­tre do­nates

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

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.

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