$12,000 boost as unit open­ing nears

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION - By MATHEW GROCOTT

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).

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