$12,000 boost as unit opening nears
Donations are still rolling in as the final touches are made to Rangiura’s new dementia unit.
The unit will be opened next week, two and a half years after the project was unveiled to the South Waikato community.
In that time almost $800,000 has been fundraised towards the $ 1 million needed to fund the facility.
The latest donation was made on Monday when freemasons from Putaruru and Tirau presented a cheque for $12,029.
The Freemasons Lodge Putaruru Tirau Charitable Trust began fundraising for Rangiura soon after the project was launched in April 2008.
From a range of activities including, raffles, high school debating competitions, donations from lodge members and from the Freemason Roskill Foundation the sum donated on Monday was reached.
Freemasons charitable trust member Tony Fitzherbert said the dementia unit was ‘‘an important development in the town and we wanted to be involved’’.
Rangiura Trust Board chairman Henry Van Dyk thanked the group for their efforts. He said support from the community had been ‘‘unbelievable’’.
‘‘I think the million dollar target raised a few eyebrows,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re almost there.’’
Mr Van Dyk said it felt like everyone in the community had chipped in, donating money when they could.
‘‘All these little contributions have added up.’’
On Thursday next week the dementia unit will be officially opened at a ceremony for invited guests.
On Saturday, December 4, a gala day will be held at Rangiura from 9am until 1pm where, for a gold coin donation, anyone can have a look through the facility.
Mr Van Dyk said residents could be moving into the 20-bed unit before Christmas.
Rangiura has already opened its 12-bed unit providing hospital level care.
Mr Van Dyk said developments such as the 12-bed unit and dementia unit were only possible because Rangiura was part of ‘‘a very supportive community’’.
HELPING HAND: Freemason Lodge Putaruru Tirau members stand outside the nearly-completed dementia unit with Rangiura Trust Board chairman Henry van Dyk (far right) and fundaraising committee chairwoman Gaye Lamb (far left).